grouchy streak continues

it’s friday – the end of the week.  lovely.  it’s snowing in new york.  fuck.  AND i learned today through a listserv (instant breakfast) that mississippi was the last state to ratify the 13th amendment.  the 13th amendment, if it does not come immediately to mind, states that:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

So mississippi was the last state to ratify…big deal right?  yeah, that would be true except that the amendment was only ratified by mississippi in 1995.  no, i did not get that century wrong.  nineteen hundred and ninety five.  i was totally flabbergasted when i learned this.  maybe you’re reading this and thinking ‘yeah, i knew that, where the hell have you been?’ – but i didn’t know that and it makes me angry.  also, kentucky was the 2nd to last state to ratify, in 1976. 

what the hell kind of place is this that an amendment to abolish slavery doesn’t get ratified by all 36 states that existed at the time it was written until 130 years later?  i don’t care if it’s symbolic, that should have been ratified a LONG effing time ago. 

for the record, mississippi also didn’t ratify the 19th amendment (women’s sufferage) until 1984, but they were quicker on that than the slavery issue.  only 65 years there.

so long as i’m bitching, i’m also looking up other amendments.  the 24th amendment which in essence was addressing race and class issues, still has not been ratified by Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.  there are others i’m sure, but i don’t have the will to keep finding depressing statistics


2 Responses to “grouchy streak continues”

  1. Mississippi sucks! And let’s fire Alberto Gonzalez! Everyone is a piece of shit!

  2. That settles it. I am not retiring in any of the above mentioned states.I’m frightened, though, at what awful things you would find out about Missouri if you dug around a little bit. Based on a recent article in the Star, and a kissing incident at a local IHOP, I am now aware that we do not have laws here that prevent discrimination based on sexual preference. I am happy to report, however, that The Kan has its own ordinance along those lines.

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