Wednesday, December 9, 2015

150 Years Today

"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free." 

With those words, President Abraham Lincoln marked the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery--on December 9, 1865.  

Today President Obama used those words to begin his brief speech to Congress marking 150 since that ratification.

"The scars of our nation's original sin are with us still today," he continued.

He didn't need to recite a list: police shootings of young black men, the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, #blacklivesmatter, etc.

He also urged Americans to "push back against bigotry in all its forms."  That comment needed no explanation either.  I refuse to use the t-word in this blog.

I thank and praise God for this president and for our slow progress toward equality.

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