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Great, But When Can We Expect…

By on 1.8.08 | 2:23PM

...an apology from the Garden State for outlawing self-service gas stations?

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey became the first Northern state to apologize for slavery, as legislators approved a resolution Monday expressing "profound regret" for the state's role in the practice....

The resolution offers an apology "for the wrongs inflicted by slavery and its aftereffects in the United States of America." It states that in New Jersey, "the vestiges of slavery are ever before African-American citizens, from the overt racism of hate groups to the subtle racism encountered when requesting health care, transacting business, buying a home, seeking quality public education and college admission, and enduring pretextual traffic stops and other indignities."

Seriously, though, I congratulate New Jersey's slave community and this long-awaited victory and New Jersey Democrats for embracing such forward-looking policy.

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