I originally posted last year on the Emancipation Proclamation as it toured select museums across America.
That post can be found here.
I think that today of all days, with the inauguration of the 45TH president of the United States, President Barack Hussein Obama, is a good time to reflect and remember that once in this nation the ancestors of Black Americans knew no joy, no happiness—no freedom, until the death knell was sounded for the end of chattel slavery in the United States with both the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the enactment of the 13TH Amendment (even though it sanctions legal slavery in the form of prisons.)
This past January 1, 2013, is the 150TH Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
True, it did not free all enslaves in America, only those who lived within the Confederate states that were in rebellion against the United States of America.
True, after the end of the Civil War, the living hell that awaited so many hopeful Black citizens was rearing its venomous head with nullification, neo-slavery, segregation, and separate but equal mistreatment.
True, today, stereotypes and racial hatred of Black citizens still reigns.
True, America still is a long way from acknowledging the humanity and dignity of her black citizens.
But, the real strength of America will occur when she realizes that the pursuit of justice, life, liberty, happiness and a more perfect union for all her citizens will come when all American citizens can have the content of their character respected and recognized.
So. while you watch today’s swearing-in ceremony of President Obama for his second term, remember that much blood has been shed, many lives given through the centuries, through the decades, and through so many generations to arrive at this moment in history.