The legislative body of Virginia has expressed “profound regret” for slavery and the exploitation of Native Americans, four centuries after the state gave birth to both ills in America.”The General Assembly hereby acknowledge with profound regret the involuntary servitude of Africans and the exploitation of Native Americans and call for reconciliation among all Virginians,” the resolution states. “The moral standards of liberty and equality have been transgressed during much of Virginia’s and America’s history.”
All the states, including those in New England, profited hugely from slavery and indeed, without that slave labor, the country would not have been created the way it was or nearly as fast. May others states follow Virginia’s lead.
Reparations need to be part of what’s done. Apologies are the first step. Restitution and amends should come next, trying to right the indeniable and inhuman wrongs that have been done. This includes Native Americans too.