Bernie Sanders is campaigning to become the Democratic nomination for the 2016 President of the United States…and making waves in the black community speaking about slavery.

On the Joe Madison show yesterday, the host asked Sanders how he feels about a U.S. President apologizing for the centuries long enslavement of black people.

“Well, slavery is, you know,” Sanders begins, “obviously nobody in this generation, you know, is involved in slavery, but as a nation, uh, slavery is one of the abominations that our country, uh, has experienced. There’s no excuse.”

[ADSENSE2]“What can we say about it?,” Sanders asks aloud, before answering himself. “It was horrific,” the Vermonter says of slavery. “It killed millions of people.”

“It destroyed just the lives of so many people,” Sanders continues. “So as a nation — I don’t think as a president — but as a nation we have got to apologize for slavery.”

“So is that a yes or a no?,” Madison inquires of the would-be U.S. president.

“Well it’s, I mean, I’m not exactly sure what it means,” Sanders replies. “As a nation, we have got to apologize for slavery and of course the president is the leader of the nation.”

Listen to Sanders here:

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It is great Sanders is willing to extend an apology, but we are do more. This could open that door.

SOUND OFF: Is a Presidential apology meaningful or is Reparations the only correct response?

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