The Anniversary that Wasn't There
By Kevin Jackson and Thomas Lifson
sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago,
something happened that affects us today. So why was the abolition of
slavery in the United States (if that isn't a big deal, what is?) worthy
of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013?
In the words on MLK, Jr, "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last," yet there
were no celebrations of freedom in the black community. No PSA from
Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce or any
other black notables recognizing this important date when the United
States Government officially declared that slavery was finished in the United States.
Where was BET? No specials, no nothing. Ho-hum, just another New Year's