Tuesday, March 26, 2013

IN THE NEWS: Mississippi Just Abolishes Slavery (150 years late)

Here's an article from ABC News about how the state of Mississippi finally abolishes slavery last month. Although the law was passed in 1995 the protocol to make it a law was never followed through until now. It took two medical school colleagues, one an immigrant from India, the other a life-long Mississippian, to join forces to resolve a historical oversight that until February 2013 had never officially been corrected.WHY? Because legislators in the state obviously didn't care and likely thought that slavery should still be legal (yes, there are a lot of those twisted people).
     SO, do you think that a state like Mississippi, that still legally allowed for slavery until this year, should be trusted with providing people like equal rights (i.e. marriage equality)? I don't think so. Right now the Supreme Court is hearing cases to strike down the law that prevents our marriage from being recognized by the Federal Government and in all states of the U.S. - But this is the kind of prejudice should not stand in the land where all are supposed to be equal. 
   I've lived in 12 states and many states in our south and heartland still believe that not everyone is equal.  
   African-Americans should be especially outraged by Mississippi, as should ALL people - and we should all come together to strike down ALL laws that treats anyone differently. 

Mississippi  Finally and Officially Abolishes Slavery, Ratifies 13th Amendment

Until February 7, 2013, the state of Mississippi had never submitted the required documentation to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, meaning it never officially had abolished slavery.

ABC NEWS  (Ben Waldron): 
Miss. 13th Amendment.  Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
The  amendment was adopted in December 1865 after the necessary three-fourths of the then 36 states voted in favor of ratification.  Mississippi, however, was a holdout; at the time state lawmakers were upset that they had not been compensated for the value of freed slaves.
  Dr. Ranjan Batra, professor of Neurobiology and Anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told ABC News he was inspired to investigate the history of the Thirteenth Amendment in his state after a viewing of the film “Lincoln.”
  “At the end of the story there was an open question about how the ratification process proceeded,” he said.  “Living in the South as I do, I found that a pretty big open question.”
So  Batra proceeded to do some investigating of his own, noticing on the website usconstitution.net, that there was an asterisk next to the state of Mississippi in connection with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.
  “Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, but because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official,” reads the statement on the website.  Batra felt compelled to act to rectify the clerical oversight.
“Mississippi gets a lot of bad press about this type of stuff and I just felt that it is something that should be fixed, and I saw every reason that could be done,” he said.  “Everyone here would like to put this part of Mississippi’s past behind us and move on into the 21st century rather than the 19th.”
So Batra enlisted the help of University of Mississippi Medical Center colleague Ken Sullivan, who took an immediate interest in the story, calling the national archives to confirm that they had in fact never received the proper paperwork.  Sullivan then took a trip to the state archives to acquire a copy of the bill.
  “The last paragraph [of the bill] directs the Secretary of State of Mississippi to inform the national archives of the law of the ratification which is exactly the way ratification is supposed to proceed, but that hadn’t been done for whatever reason,” said  Batra.

 STORY: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/02/mississippi-officially-abolishes-slavery-ratifies-13th-amendment/

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

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