Slavery Apology

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

New Jersey's Legislature made the Garden
State the first Northern state to apologize for slavery Monday night.
By a 59-8 vote, the Assembly approved a resolution expressing
profound regret for New Jersey's participation in the slave
trade centuries ago.
The Senate passed the measure later, 29-2.
Supporters argued the apology would help New Jersey profess
remorse for its slave trade involvement. Opponents said the apology
would be a meaningless gesture.
Assemblyman Richard Merkt said America has never accepted the
notion of collective guilt.
Legislators in Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia
have issued formal apologies for slavery. A similar effort stalled
in the Georgia Legislature.
The New Jersey measure is proposed as a resolution used to
express the Legislature's opinion without requiring action by the
governor.


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  • by mitch Location: bainbridge on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    it is my belief that it is meaningless and serves no real purpose when you apologize for something you did not personally do. whether it is slavery or any other act. remorse only serves a purpose when it involves the person or group that commiteed the wrong act. all you can do, when you have no personal involvement in a matter or act that was committed, is simply state that you do not approve of what has been done. the people who supported slavery, and the people who were slaves are long dead. the opportunity for apologies is gone. anyone who is still keeping these issues alive about what occured that long ago, needs to find foregivness in their own heart, which ever side you are on. when you extract an apology from someone, and it is not given freely, it is meaningless.
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