This is the last week of black history month. A month dedicated to remembering the struggles and hardships of people who died a long time ago. A month dedicated to the acknowledgement that without people like Martin Luther King Jr., Fredrick Douglass, and Rosa Parks; the young black American of today wouldn’t be able to walk the streets with baggy jeans hanging down their ass, and speaking in a slang that could almost be considered its own language.
I can picture it now, U.S. Supreme Court 1856:
Dred Scott – Yo, judge, this slavery sheiiiite isn’t fly man. I want’s to hang with my homies.
Chief Justice Roger Taney – Mr. Scott, you think you can fly?
Dred Scott – No baby, likes my bro W.W. says it, “freeeeadom”. You know what I’m sayin.
Chief Justice Roger Taney – No I’m afraid I do no know what you are saying. Is it you would like to be emancipated?
Dred Scott – fachizel. I ain’t liken this working in the fields all day, ya cracker. I wants to sleep in and go gets me some Taco Bell, nigga. that shit is fachezy.
Chief Justice Roger Taney – Oh?
Dred Scott – Yeah man, it’s off the hook
Chief Justice Roger Taney –Mr Scott any person descended from black Africans, whether slave or free, is not a citizen of the United States, according to the U.S. Constitution and therefore you can not be emancipated.
Dred Scott – Beatch! I’ll put at cap in yo ass!!!!
Please note: the court transcripts provided above, are not necessarily a accurate reflection of the court hearings. Also note, Dred Scott eventually did receive his freedom, 9 months prior to his death.
The Dred Scott Decision also helped to further divide the North and South and quicken the arrival of the Civil War, resulting in the emancipation of all black Americans.