Slavery did not end hundreds of years ago. It was supposed to have been officially over in 1865, which was 147 years ago, but the laws of America allowed racists to create the Jim Crow Laws which put blacks back under slave laws. So, blacks were to think that they were free, but they were not! In some states, blacks were not allowed to look at whites or walk on the sidewalk when they approached. There were many ignorant and shameful Jim Crow laws. I marched in demonstrations myself just for the right to vote. So, my dear, slavery for blacks in America half-ended only a few decades ago. I sat at the back of the bus, endured whites spitting at me for no reason, and other shameful things that a person should not have experienced. Google those Jiim Crow laws to learn more about them. Those laws lasted until the Civil Rights Movement wiped most of them out. Blacks are not still fretting about JUST slavery. It is Jim Crow, an extention of slavery. But some want you to believe that we are hanging onto slavery. I do not hold grudges, but Jim Crow still affects me, and many who enforced those laws are still alive and well today. Again, I do believe that it is sinfully wrong to hold grudges, but do not expect me to forget my history.
We should not blame present-day whites for slavery or Jim Crow, but I guarantee you that there are many whites today who would drag you under Jim Crow if they could. That is precisely why we blacks had better not forget slavery or Jim Crow. We should not use either to beat people over their heads, but we should recognize them as parts of our history. Most of black American history fell under slavery and Jim Crow. Good Lord! What history would we have if we pretended that those two did not exist? Forget your past if you are unwise! No white will forget their past no matter how you hate it! They have a right to remember theirs. You do too!
Whites in Mississippi hold onto the State confederate flag as if it is Jesus Christ Himself, although many blacks abhor it because it is also symbolic of slavery. It still flies, doesn't it? It is a fine reminder of slavery. And you are going to let someone make you feel guilty about remembering your past about slavery? Please! Mississippians have a right to keep the flag, in my opinion. Slavery happened, didn't it? I do not oppose the flag. It represents Mississippi. Mississippi is indeed a fine state. All history has good, bad, and ugly. That's life. All people should remember their history!