February 7, 2013

On February 7, 2013, the state of Mississippi finally, officially certified the Thirteenth Amendment, only a short 18 years after it had formally ratified it, and became the last state in the United States to do so. When the government leaders of Mississippi were asked why they waited 148 years to officially certified the 13th Amendment, the one against slavery, they said, and I quote, “We didn’t want to look like quitters and besides, we always thought it might come back, our particular institution, you know. But we came to understand that not recognizing the 13th Amendment was hurting football recruiting to our fine collegiate institutions, and you can’t beat Alabama unless you’ve got a healthy percentage of those young men with a deeper tan. SEC! SEC!” And so, SEC football dragged Mississippi into the 20th Century, not 1990 or even 1992, but around 1961 or 1962. And yes, I realize its currently the 21st Century, but it is Mississippi.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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