New Jersey Apologizes

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

The state of New Jersey has apologized for slavery despite Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll’s thoughts, Democratic Assemblyman Bill Payne feels the apology was necessary:

Lawmakers voted on Monday for a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the enslavement of up to 12,000 blacks before the Civil War. Assemblyman Bill Payne, a Democrat who sponsored the measure, said it would help to address modern problems such as unequal access to housing and education that he said were the remnants of slavery.

“Many of the social problems we have in this country are directly related to the fact that this country was involved in slavery.”


Bossip caught up with Assemblyman Carroll after the post last week and a summary of his long-winded response is under the hood…

In response to Black Americans suffering from a disconnection to their roots, he stated:

“NONSENSE. Those people who are here, from wherever they came and under whatever circumstances, are INFINITELY better off than the folks that were left behind, wherever that BEHIND might be. ”

To a statement that living in the States – especially in a ghetto, is not automatically better than living in Africa, he replied:

“Any one who shares that view is welcome to leave… let them shake the dust of this land they abhor from their feet and emigrate. I assure you, they will not be missed.”

He threw in these fun facts:

“71% of black kids are now born out of wedlock. If “centuries” of ill treatment were to blame,why did that circumstance not arise centuries ago? As of 1960, only about 20% of black births were out of wedlock. Given that single parenthood is the single greatest predictor of poverty, why did that number consistently rise at precisely the time during which (official) discrimination and prejudice were being successfully fought?”

In response to blacks being proud to be African he wrote:

“WHY are you proud of something you can’t control, had nothing to do with, and is a mere accident of birth? My own heritage is (mostly) Irish — as near as I can tell, never having bothered to study it. “

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  • Erika

    This Effin Loser!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ResearchDONE

    i think i just threw up in my mouth.

  • John

    I saw this one coming! Cracker say one thing then he backtrack and say something else. Thats a “WHITE POLITICIAN” for you.

  • maaly

    he looks like a clan member


    See this is the exact same reason why I’m starting up the movement. Who wants to join?

  • maaly

    wheres al sharpton at?

  • young black lady

    sorry dont help

  • JerseyBred

    Dag. Ya couldn’t give a sista some credit for the tip? LOL!

  • young black lady

    btw..i hope he burns in hell with that weak ass lacefront he’s rocking


    back trackin’ ass … cracka ass cracka

  • JerseyBred

    He’s simply a stupid & ridiculously undereducated White man.

  • Kee-Gee

    He didnt apologize though, he tried to further justify his comments. New Jersey apologized. He is an ass.

  • rachel

    WOW, SUPA proud of you ,You realy gave that idiot some thing to ponder about. But as in all haters…Thier emotions have greater “WILL” then thier brain.

  • DeeDeeBaby

    Did he say WHY are we proud of being of African descent?? Is that what he said?? Seriously, you can’t teach an ignorant fool a damn thing. Maybe if he knew what it felt like to be widely degraded, put down and otherwise shun due to the color of his skin, he’d understand where the need for PRIDE comes from. Unfortunately, most white people will never understand this.

  • hey

    Congratulations to the state of New Jersey and Assemblyman Bill Payne, for stating the simple FACT that

    “Many of the social problems we have in this country are directly related to the fact that this country was involved in slavery.”

    The grotesque, inhumane nature of the Transatlantic slave trade undeniably impacts us as a society, whether that impact be felt seconds after emancipation or centuries. People are complex and old habits die hard. Hatred and ignorance can evolve or lie dormant then emerge stronger than ever, but fortunately so can love and intelligence.

  • cash

    Cracka ass cracka!!!!

  • OKAY!!!!

    It is amazing to hear, or even read things that come out of politicians. They say they are there, in that position for the betterment of this country. How can you when you downgrade, or don’t even acknowledge the heritage of one race. Yes it wasn’t YOU directly that inslaved so many, that were beat, burned, raped, murdered, and so many other horrific things, but it is there blood that runs thru your veins, YOUR heritage.

    Just the acknowledgement that yes my ancestors did horrible things not to another race, but to a HUMANBEING. We all came from the same parents, realizing that your ancestors hurt there own family, can bring satisfaction to many.

    I weep for those that because of there ignorance, they are not able to see logic, they are not able to reason. May god have mercy on him.

  • Carolyn


    I’M IN!!!!

  • OKAY!!!!

    To all my brothers and sister’s out there:

    Don’t stoop to there level. They want us to get angry, the want the rage to come out of us. I am fed up with all the hat I see in peoples eyes, just as much as you are. If you let that rage that you have go towards something good, we will succeed over them. I am pissed off when I see young bright bro’s and sis’s throwing there life away. I know the pain and hurt that you feel. I have been through alot in my life, but I won’t let any man, or women stand in my way of what I want to do.

    In the post that i read, I see anger, and I feel it. Don’t hate those that you do not do. There are many whites in this country, and around the world that have said, and felt regret over what has happend to our people. Don’t just be sided because one uneducated person has stamped out there love for all. Hold your head up and see people for who they are, NOT there skin color.

  • elle

    If he wants to show in sentiment all of a sudden do something political that will benefit all New Jersey Citizens. Other than that shove an apology.

  • Ibn

    Oh that was an apology…I say we go and burn that Rug off his head…

  • Killmatic

    Actually, he might be a bit insensitive, but I agree with him for the most part, though I do believe an apology is appropriate because it was the condition of slavery was one endorsed by the state.

    He’s not a racist. I think he’s just the opposite. He believes that we’re all created equal and that race and sex shouldn’t matter. That we should all be dealing with each other as people and individuals who ignore immutable characteristics. His mistake is ignoring the actions of the government, such as slavery, segregation, and other institutional forms of racism…

    He’s right about illegitimacy. It has killed…it’s not killing…it has KILLED the black community. It has destroyed generations. We can make a comeback, but we’ve got to put our priorities in order. Stop worrying about s**t in the past and be productive, get educated, and break the cycle of poverty.

  • BeeBee

    @Killmatic- He believes that we were all created equally just like the rest of the goverment right…..and that’s why our children have the worse schools and remain in desolate envorinments huh?? You cannot stop worrying about the past until you address it and move on, that’s with anything…otherwise history will be deemed to repeat itself. It’s easy to say that black people don’t try hard enough, but when you look at the reality of the siuation, our environments don’t set us up for success all that often. Breaking the cycle of poverty is neccessary, but the past is an essential key to breaking it.

  • Sister Sam (Free MJB)

    I guess he figured out his ass wasn’t going to be re-elected with his previous comments. Damn SMMFH

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