Of the many recent racial challenges your children or grandchildren have faced, no doubt the “Juneteenth” conversation has come up.
Now that it is considered a national holiday, the ‘BLM’ conversation has increased. Unless you were raised in a predominately black neighborhood, most had never heard of Juneteenth, a celebration of the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the state of Texas.
Last year, on the first official Juneteenth, gun violence ruled the day across the land. As Kevin Jackson wrote:
Black History Month, MLK’s birthday and now Juneteenth. Luckily black people are the least employed ethnic group. So this holiday means we can celebrate our growing level of unemployment under Biden.
Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop. And black people didn’t disappoint.
Black Leftists took the first Juneteenth holiday to kill each other on the Federal dime. Crime funded by Joey Demento Biden at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.
Yet, the truth proves Biden is no friend to the black community.
Biden jumped on the Juneteenth bandwagon as part of the smoke and mirrors Democrats put up anytime race relations are discussed.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering why non-Texans (black or white) would care about this at all, and you’d be right. However, to indoctrinate our children as early as possible, we are now annually discussing the value concerning one of the most moot celebrations in history with those Americans as young as kindergarteners.
I mean, of all the issues, obstacles, unlimited genders, and various “theories” that we continue to face as a country, why should Juneteenth matter to any of us, let alone our kids?
So, about a year ago, I was made aware of this tweet from conservative activist, Blexit leader, and talk show host Candace Owens: “Juneteenth is soooo lame. Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation. I’ll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only. I’m American.” Now cue the Leftist outrage!
Unfortunately for many, the first instinct was to find offense in her words, and to “set her straight” on how “wrong” she was… or was she?
Now, within the past few years, there has been a ridiculously hard push to make Juneteenth a national holiday. That’s right, just in the last few years, after the election of our 45th President Donald Trump, to be exact. While there had been talk of it for a while, along with annual celebrations that most people, primarily those in mostly black neighborhoods can often recall, it was really all talk. In fact, during the 8-year Obama (a Black President- the first as I recall) administration, proponents of Juneteenth (as well as reparations), were virtually silent the entire eight years. Suddenly, Trump gets elected, and it’s now an urgent matter.
After the death of George Floyd, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, related to race. Slavery, reparations, flesh-colored band-aids and stockings, Mrs. Butterworth, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, Gone with the wind. Meanwhile, Juneteenth, i.e.., any bargaining chip racial issues, kicked into overdrive. Funny how that worked out.
Now, back to Ms. Candace’s tweet. I believe you should weigh the merits of any statement or comment, regardless of who says it. Personally, I wouldn’t have used the term lame, because you lose a large amount of your audience before they actually consider or weigh what you’ve said. That being said-I stand with Owens.
So, let’s have the conversation:
First of all, tragically, every 6 months statistically, there are currently more murders OF black people BY black people than in all the lynchings of both black AND white people during the 1800s combined.
Do the math, I did. Keep in mind, we haven’t even factored in the millions of Black lives lost through abortion. Secondly, race and slavery have both been politicized for a long time. Since the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1st of 1863, why not celebrate the obvious- the day slaves were officially freed? I mean, they had no more freedoms, benefits, or advantages on Juneteenth; so why celebrate Juneteenth nationally?
Because the world would have to recognize that a Republican, Abraham Lincoln, did what most Republicans have by and large always done. The GOP did not give black people a handout, but a hand up.
While I recognize and agree that Texas should commemorate Juneteenth as a state observance, there was no reason to change our list of national holidays. Why? Because the only purpose is to add to the steadily growing petition of appeasement by means of overcorrection for any group, regardless of their past. Anyone with internet or library access knows, or can know, Juneteenth is not the day we should celebrate nationally. Therefore, every time we accommodate the demands to create trivial holidays, we are taking part in this endless game that those who fought to KEEP slavery want us to play. It’s one more form of segregation. Don’t be fooled. We didn’t need another holiday.