Five other U.S. states have apologized for slavery since last year, including Alabama, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.
Interesting that only one of the six states that have managed to step forward on this issue is in the North — New Jersey — which passed its own resolution in January of this year.
It’s absolutely appropriate that New Jersey took the lead up north, btw. As the last slave state in the region, NJ enabled slave owners in nearby northern states (i.e. New York) to cash in their human capital before emancipation took hold. In spite of attempts by those neighboring states to criminalize the practice, thousands of northern slaves who would have otherwise been emancipated were illegally sold south through the NJ pipeline.
So… six. I wonder which state will be next?