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New Jersey Assemblyman Says Blacks Should Thank the Lord For Slavery

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Today, January 3, a committee of the New Jersey Assembly will begin considering a bill that would make Jersey the first northern U.S. state to issue a formal apology for the state's historic role in slavery.

This measure would be purely symbolic.

According to an article by the Associated Press, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, a Republican, is not in favor of the bill. He said, "If slavery was the price that a modern American's ancestors had to pay in order to make one an American, one should get down on one's knees every single day and thank the Lord that such price was paid."

In other words, according to Assemblyman Carroll, the blacks should be thanking the Lord for the fact that their ancestors were slaves, because that's how they came to be Americans. If not for slavery, they'd still be in Africa. Praise Jeeeeeesus!

Just when I thought the right wing couldn't stoop any lower...

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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 
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Using this logic, Assemblyman Carroll should invit... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 7:28:02 AM
when my son was studying in  a private school... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 9:55:47 AM
I'm surprised! I believe in multiple pantheon ... by Andris on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 6:14:42 PM
The context of my comment here is that there are o... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 7:37:25 AM
I can't find any flaw in it at all!!  :-D... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 3:59:46 PM
The utter lack of a conscious by Assemblyman Carro... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 8:55:13 AM
Persons of any party who share such simplistic min... by Dusty Nathan on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 8:58:53 AM
These are the types of people who are running our ... by Rick Theile on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 11:05:40 AM
I find it hard to believe that Mr. Carroll was una... by t rogers on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 11:36:40 AM
The Assemblyman is mistaken. It is the Africans wh... by Guajolotl on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 12:55:33 PM
"It is the Africans who were not kidnapped...... by Levin Sheridan on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 4:06:07 PM
Regardless how they got to America it is the fact ... by Andris on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 4:53:23 PM
Imagine this..  New Jersey has now apologized... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 4:05:16 PM
You would have  to trace tribes, not nations,... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 4:38:27 PM
To summarize the issue at hand i would like to say... by Gary Denson on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 4:33:18 PM
What makes the Assemblyman's coments valid as ... by Andris on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 5:34:01 PM
and then, after she shells the forum with these r... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 6:54:07 PM
Mary just had drawn to our attention  a nutty... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 7:58:10 AM
A lot of people are quick to say that aficans sold... by She She on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 12:26:51 PM
however, you do need to understand that not all sl... by steve scheetz on Saturday, Jan 5, 2008 at 11:34:46 AM
What I find troubling about some of the comments h... by purelogic on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 1:27:31 PM
when we here, now apologize for slavery it is not ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 2:00:11 PM
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_mark_sas_0... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 2:52:00 PM
KGI'm only going to comment on one part of you... by Buck Jackson on Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 5:39:33 PM