This 150th anniversary comes, however, with little fanfare, which is odd considering we now have our first black president. There should be joy. There should be celebration. Instead President Obama pays no attention to the sacrifices that made his presidency possible because he cannot use the event to divide the American people along the color line, Indeed, Appomattox undermines his narrative of inherent white bigotry for in the Civil War, as Jesus died to make men holy, white men died to make men free. That is a truth Obama and the Left do not wish to acknowledge.
By any means necessary -- the words of Malcolm X, not Martin Luther King rule the Left. Notice how on King's statue on the National Mall, the Left did not commemorate his words: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
That dream of equality is a nightmare to those who seek power for power's sake alone, which is why President Obama dares not go to Appomattox, for he would be forced to admit that more than 300,000 young white men died to liberate 6 million slaves from the South. It was an expensive and unnecessary undertaking. Northerners could easily have let the South go. That would have been perfectly legal, after all, 130 years later the United States backed the secession from the Soviet Union of Ukraine, Georgia and other minor republics. No, America maintained the Union at a severe cost because Americans recognized slavery must end. And it did. And for a decade, black people were free. However, the return of Democratic Party politics in the South brought segregation and second-class citizenship, which would last until the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964 and 1965.
In ignoring Appomattox, President Obama promotes racial division and an ignorance of American history. African-Americans paid a steep price for slavery, but white men from the North paid in blood, as well, to end it. I am saddened that we have fallen so as a nation that we no longer honor those Gallant Men.