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This article was formerly tagged as being sporked from Wikipedia. It's now sufficiently different that I've removed this tag.
I have also relied on the link at the top of the article for synonyms for African-American, deleted the N-word in the initial quote, and deleted all the External References at the end of the article. Most of these were essays against black separatism. I heartily agree with this opinion, but it's outside the scope of the article. This article ought not contain epithets--you can't make people laugh if you put them off, and in America, the use of some words immediately closes minds. I have no problem if you use them for a specific purpose such as hypocrisy, for example, performing name-calling in a sentence that says there isn't any. --00:42, October 2, 2009 (UTC)
Three-fifths of a person
Some background for our horrified British contributors: Yes, in the US Constitution of 1787, black slaves were to be counted as three-fifths of a person. This was not to punish the slaves (who didn't have the vote anyway) but to punish the slave states--by reducing their head count and thus their power in the Congress. It was a compromise; the North didn't want slaves counted at all.
Lincoln "freed the slaves"--after secession, in exactly the territory that was temporarily out of his control. After the Civil War, the US Constitution underwent three amendments that eliminated slavery throughout the nation. However, the Civil War was not solely "about slavery." As described above, the South had diminished representation and, for this and other reasons, national policy favored the industrial North over the agricultural South. The institution of slavery was an issue that made many people in the North eager to reform the South and may have justified the Civil War in their minds. But most people in the South, and some libertarians in the North like me, believe that the union of states was voluntary and it was outrageous to go to war to compel the South to rejoin the union. The Southern oddballs who call it the "War Between the States" are continuing to assert that it wasn't a "civil" war, as the secession was legitimate.01:14, October 3, 2009 (UTC)
bro -01:29, Oct 10
There really is a National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio--found it on my Road Atlas yesterday, more of your tax dollars funding group separatism--and the new Section 5 is the result of my contemplating what you would do at an Afro-American Museum. The bullets about the non-African roots of Ebonics and Kwanzaa are facts. The rest is crap, for your reading pleasure.14:05 29-Dec-09