Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mississippi Goddamn - State Finally Ratifies 13th Amendment

The State of Mississippi has finally gotten around to formally ratifying the 13th Amendment. All formalities were completed on February 7th. State officials made an effort to ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery back in 1995, but for some reason they did not formally complete the process. They see it as just an oversight. But even if everything would have been completed in 1995.... Did it have to wait until 1995? There is not much of a distinction for me historically between 1995 and 2013. The amendment should have been ratified decades ago.

This is symbolic of the kind of racial and cultural indifference that is still common in the South (why I don't want to be caught dead there). This is part of a pattern in Mississippi. Just a few years ago, a Mississippi school board was caught segregating students and discriminating based on race. And what about all of the shady prom stories?

When will this end?

I couldn't help but think of the Nina Simone classic.

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