"If I could save the Union without freeing any slaves I would do it. If I could save it by freeing all slaves I would do it. If I can save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that too. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it saves the Union." Abraham Lincoln penned letter to Fredrick Douglas Horace Greeley.
Point being, he's not the "hero" white history paints him as. He was a president trying to win a war against his countrymen. Even after the EP was signed, states that were loyal to the Union during the war were allowed to keep their slaves. The main thing the EP achieved was allowing slaves to be received into the military. It was a separate act later that year, Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, that explicitly stated that confederate states accept the end slavery in exchange for pardons and restoration of rights.
Loved it. It's a trip how the show incorporates Jayden being a wierd nigga. The Kung Fu theme was tight as hell. The show is black as fuck. The west has Straight Outta Compton, the east has The Get Down.
Not perfect, but definitely a hip hop classic in the making.
Whats good about these vets speaking out is how it brings the patriotic angle to our race problems. People in this country willfully neglect how unpatriotic, unconstitutional, unhumane, and just plain evil it is the way black people are treated by the system. But this sends the narrative that reminds people these are fellow citizens suffering, not just Tyrone and them.
Too often the system will punish us by this country's laws, but not allow us to use those same laws for our own protection. The shit has always been a slap in the face for all the soldiers that believed in America. Especially, niggas fighting for freedoms that wont/don't apply to their own people. That's the shit that made black civilians have a negative view of joining the military.