Rep. Yvette Clarke appeared on The Colbert Report yesterday in the latest installment of his Better Know A District series. In between shoutouts to Brooklyn rappers in the hizzouse and discussion about time travel paradoxes, Clarke gave Colbert a lesson on the history of slavery in Brooklyn: "Slavery. Really? I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898," he asked. “I’m pretty sure there was,” Clarke continued. “It sounds like a horrible part of the United States that kept slavery going until 1898,” Colbert responded.
Those sneaky Dutch bastards, indeed. Of course, as the Daily News points out, the Dutch left Brooklyn two centuries before then, NY had abolished slavery 70 years before that, and the country had abolished slavery about 20 years before as well. But then again, we are talking about a representative who would go back in time and NOT warn people about Spanish influenza (and one who allegedly lied about graduating from college during her first campaign), so who knows what she really believes.
Speaking of slavery: the only surviving draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting will be visiting NYC later this month. It will make a stop at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem from Sept. 21 through Sept. 24.