I happened to read my astrological forecast for 2009 in a French-Canadian entertainment weekly while in Montreal, which went something like this:
In the U.S. Constitution, black people were only considered 3/5ths a (white) person. Then finally they were emancipated and became whole. Like black slaves, you can consider yourself whole in the new year.
Granted this translation is from memory, but what a strange metaphor. Here's another translation:
In case you don't understand what it's like to be undermined, diminished, disenfranchised or discriminated against, here's an example: American Slavery.