The Anniversary that Wasn't There

A 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 Where were the mentions on TV and cable news broadcasts, always hungry to fill their news holes on holidays, or from BET who proudly promotes African-American History Month? President Obama is a media glutton, yet he had no words of...(Read Full Article)