Friday, January 11, 2008

It's not generally known...

but there are three former slaves in New Jersey.

After 160 years of stubborn denial, New Jersey is just now getting around to admitting that slavery was wrong and has officially apologized for it. This is fantastic news for former slaves who have been sitting around all this time patiently waiting for some sort of mea culpa. However, there is still no word from any former slaves as to whether the apology will be accepted. In fact, they have remained strangely silent for decades.

They keep a low profile. Heck, they have to, as they had to have been born before 1865 and so are pretty darn old.

Old Fred lives in a humble mud shack in Lawrenceville, and likes to play bingo. His favorite television show is American Idol.

Grandma Myrtle lives with her great-great-great grandchildren in a housing project in Newark. She doesn't get out much. Due to the constant gunfire in the neighborhood, she has lost her hearing, but still likes to water her potted plants.
Bad Bart is serving three life sentences plus 99 years in Ramapo State Prison. No-one can remember what he was sentenced for.

The three held a joint press conference, fervently thanking the legislators. Old Fred, as spokesperson, is quoted as saying, "I never thought I would live to see the day."

10 comments:

dick stanley said...

What I'd to see, in this flurry of PC apologies for slavery, is some legislature with the guts to apologize for decades of legal post-emancipation segregation and other discrimination. Which continued, pretty much across the country (North and South), until passage of the 1964 federal Civil Rights bill. But I suppose that would be too close to home, even for the PC crowd.

miriam said...

How about the legislature passing some substantive legislation that does some good to someone--such as tax relief.

Shayne said...

Be thankful they aren't demanding reparations! Let's see, 150 years at, oh I don't know, let's say 7% interest...

That's a lot of money. Almost enough to pay for the State's legal bills.

Two Dogs said...

You probably just want the slaves to go back into hiding. RACIST!

dick stanley said...

What the legislature--any legislature, for that matter--should do is adjourn and go home. The less often they meet, the better.

Wyatt Earp said...

Happy 4th Blogiversary!!!

RT said...

Happy blogiversary! :)

The British Bird. said...

Congrats on so much blogger longevity! may your fingers never suffer the indignity of cramp, and your keys never stick.

miriam said...

Thanks, and welcome, everybody!

miriam said...

Wyatt, thanks for sending so much traffic my way--I didn't even remember that it has been 4 years.