Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of Blacks from slavery. It’s also a reminder of the Democrat Party’s deep involvement in administering the slave plantation and vigorously defending slavery (from Jay Shakur’s substack).
Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the United States celebrating the full emancipation of Black Americans’ emancipation from slavery.
Originating in Galveston, Texas, in 1866, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States. It became an officially recognized federal holiday on June 17, 2021.
Republican President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states that had rebelled against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops. Texas, as the most remote of the slave states, had seen an expansion of slavery and had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus, enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent prior to Granger’s announcement.
Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to slavery in the Confederate States, slavery was still legal and practiced in two Union border states – Delaware and Kentucky – until December 6, 1865, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery in the entirety of the United States.
More isolated geographically, planters and other slaveholders had migrated into Texas from eastern states to escape the fighting, and many brought enslaved people with them, increasing by the thousands the enslaved population in the state at the end of the Civil War.
Despite the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, the western army of the Trans-Mississippi did not surrender until June 2. On the morning of Monday, June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived on the island of Galveston, Texas, to take command of the more than 2,000 federal troops recently landed in the department of Texas to enforce the emancipation of its slaves and oversee a peaceful transition of power, additionally nullifying all laws passed within Texas during the war by Confederate lawmakers. The Texas Historical Commission and Galveston Historical Foundation report that Granger’s men marched throughout Galveston reading General Order No. 3 first at Union Army Headquarters at the Osterman Building (formerly at the intersection of Strand Street and 22nd Street, since demolished), in the Strand Historic District. Next, they marched to the 1861 Customs House and Courthouse before finally marching to the Negro Church on Broadway, since renamed Reedy Chapel-AME Church. The order informed all Texans that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves were free:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
In the current moment, democrats are championing the singing of this holiday into law as a win for their political side. While it happened under the watch of Biden and his administration it was an idea completely ignored by the mainstream until the Trump team made it a campaign promise last year.
Liberals are using this as bait to the Black community, as mere symbolism to us, while they ignore tangibles and all true substantive policy. If we would truly assess the history of Juneteenth we would find that it reveals a lot about the democratic party, a racist history, that the party ideologues and hacks would rather ignore.
THE RACIST HISTORY OF DEMOCRATS
As historian Dinesh D’Souza has noted, “the Democratic Party’s deep involvement in administering the slave plantation and vigorously defending slavery is historical truth progressives and democrats have desperately sought to camouflage.”
One can trace the support for slavery, racism, and racial subjugation back to the historic U.S. south but also the north as Northern and southern democrats worked in concert to secure slavery and fight for its expansion into further territories. As D’Souza notes the planter class working with and through the democrat party “found itself equipped with a full-blown moral, legal, and political philosophy of the plantation, one that historians say no previous class of slave-owners ever developed.”
While the Republican party (GOP) was founded, with Abraham Lincoln being the first republican president elected to office, to abolish slavery, the democratic party has existed in during the 19th, 20th and even the 21st century to perpetuate enslavement.
THE BIG SWITCH, BIG LIE
In short, the democrat party’s history is covered with racism and terror. The Democrats were the party of slavery (there is no historical record of any republican ever owning a slave), Black Codes, Jim Crow, and the terrorist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Republicans were (and still are, despite how many fight against this) the party of Lincoln, Reconstruction, anti-lynching laws, and the Civil Rights Acts of 1875, 1957, 1960, and 1964. Now, of course, not all Republicans were moral models on race but the party at its foundation i.e. why it was initially founded is a lot better than the Democrats, without question.
As recently as 2010, the Senate’s president pro tempore was former Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.). Rather than acknowledge their sorry history, modern Democrats have rewritten it. The Democrats have been sedulously rewriting history for decades.
When MSNBC was commemorating the 50th anniversary of segregationist George Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” stunt to prevent the integration of the University of Alabama, the network identified Wallace as “R., Alabama.”
Their preferred version pretends that all the Democratic racists and segregationists left their party and became Republicans starting in the 1960s. This is a convenient lie. If it were true that the South began to turn Republican due to Lyndon Johnson’s passage of the Civil Rights Act, you would expect that the Deep South, the states most associated with racism and slavery, would have been the first to move. That’s not what happened.
The first southern states, according to the National Review, to trend Republican were on the periphery of the south: North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. (George Wallace, a very public racist, lost these voters in his 1968 presidential bid.) The voters who first migrated to the Republican party were suburban, prosperous, and as Mona Charen describes; New South types. In other words, the less racist the South had become, the more Republican it became as that was (and is) the party that fought for freedom and civil rights.
Dinesh D’Souza says, the Democrat Party’s claim to be the party of the good guys, while the Republicans are the party of the bad guys, hinges on the tale of Richard Nixon’s so-called Southern Strategy. According to this narrative, advanced by progressive historians, Nixon orchestrated a party switch on civil rights by converting the racists in the Democratic Party — the infamous Dixiecrats — into Republicans. And now, according to a recent article in The New Republic, President Trump is the “true heir, the beneficiary of the policies the party has pursued for more than half a century.”
This false narrative is directly printed in textbooks, shared on the history channel, and regularly repeated in the mainstream liberal media. But it is not true. As D’Souza notes no one has ever given a single example of an explicitly racist pitch by Nixon during his long career. One might expect that a racist appeal to the Deep South actually would have to be made and to be understood as such. Yet, quite evidently none was (unlike the democrat lineage of John Calhoun, Andrew Jackson, and Stephen Douglass).
Progressives insist that Nixon made a racist “dog whistle” appeal to Deep South voters. Evidently, he spoke to them in a kind of code. Is this really plausible? How is it that Nixon figured out how to communicate with Deep South racists in a secret language? Do Deep South bigots, like dogs, have some kind of heightened awareness of racial messages — messages that are somehow indecipherable to the media and the rest of the country? If this is true, how do many progressive, who claim to be anti-racist, hear this dog whistle i.e. coded language that only racists are supposed to hear?
THE TRUTH OF THIS MATTER
The truth of the matter is all of the liberal rhetoric disguised as history, when examined and tested with intellectual honesty doesn’t hold up. While Democrats often ignore the realities of their party’s history Juneteenth, if we allow it, serves as a reminder of the truth they reject. Lincoln, the great emancipator, is the reason we have this commemorative holiday. Lincoln fighting against the democrats of his day and standing on the founding apologia of the Republican party believed in our founding and compared slavery, and rightfully so, slavery to a cancerous growth on the body and argued that “just as an afflicted man hides away a wen or cancer, which he dares not cut out at once, lest he bleed to death; with the promise nevertheless, that the cutting may begin at the end of a given time,” in the same manner the founders of our great nation treated slavery as an evil they must tolerate with a view to its soon future removal—a removal prolonged by the democrat party.
Let’s be clear, it sadly appears that democrats are once again using Black Americans. Juneteenth is predictably being used just like Antifa and Black Lives Matter Inc. and everything else the woke crowd pretends to champion. They’re engaging in a Motte and Bailey tactic (bait and switch), using Juneteenth to infuse and spread critical race theory (CRT) and when challenged, pretending it’s just about celebrating the end of slavery. Yes, their motives seem to be nefarious. While democrats’ use of this holiday to score political points is disgusting to me let’s not allow the democrats’ continued (and historic) exploitation of Black America and race to distract us from the true meaning of #Juneteenth.
This new federal holiday, one we can accurately and historically attribute to the fight for the abolishment of slavery championed by the GOP, shows America living up to the powerful words of our founders “all men are created equal”.
It is, to those who aren’t brainwashed by victimhood, particularly Black Americans, a yearly reminder we are no longer slaves. We are not oppressed. Now is the time to act like it.#ShakurOpEd