As I was watching television during BLACK HISTORY MONTH, let me restate that BLACK HISTORY MONTH, I was shocked to find out that the state of Mississippi finally abolished slavery on Feb 7, 2013. Until February 7 the state of Mississippi had never submitted the required documentation to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, meaning it never officially had abolished slavery.*
You have got to be kidding me.
As the saying goes, what has four eyes and can’t see? MISSISSIPPI.
This brings me back to what most of my friends and relatives tell me about Mississippi. There is still an eerie feeling when traveling through Mississippi. Stories of restaurants still named the plantation, confederate flags flying high over major businesses and government buildings. Also rumors of a Klan membership that is growing.
People ask all the time, why is there a Black History Month? My new answer is maybe because slavery was still legal in Mississippi up until 11 days ago.
While we hear all of these crazy right wingers saying things like repealing the voter rights act and making people show valid citizenship if they do not look white, the fact that SLAVERY was legal in Mississippi makes you think that there really is something to the MAN trying to keep a brother down.
Yea, yea, yea, the state of Mississippi said it was a mistake. The 12 Oreo Cookies I ate this morning was a mistake. Lebron James being compared to Michael Jordan is a mistake. The fact that Obama has his citizenship questioned daily is a mistake. Not Slavery being legal in Mississippi in 2013.
That one was on purpose!
Out of all of the states that this mistake had to happen in it had to be Mississippi. Mississippi led the South in an extraordinary battle to maintain racial segregation. Whites set up powerful citizens groups and state agencies to fight the civil rights movement. Their tactics were fierce and, for a time, very effective. **
Who can forget James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, or as recently as last year James Craig Anderson, who was run over by a truck driven by Deryl Dedmon who has admitted the crime to be racially motivated. While partying with six friends last June 26, Dedmon suggested finding a black man to harass. Before they ran him over with their Ford Pick-up truck they beat James Craig Anderson.
Not going to go into all of the feelings that are inside my soul about this mistake of the state of Mississippi but I can tell you that this is why many African Americans do not trust anything.
Remember they wanted us to come in for flu shots and we ended up getting Syphilis.
Keep that in mind as you celebrate the remainder of Black History Month. Out of all people comedian Louis CK provided insight into the Black experience. Check out the video below.
Happy Black History Month
Just my thoughts man…
* Ben Waldron ABC News 2/18/2013
** Kate Ellis and Stephen Smith State of Siege Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement