Good Morning! Happy Morning! I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m still going to post my thoughts on Juneteenth. If you’ve never heard of Juneteenth prepare to be “schooled.”
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Keep in mind that this “news” came 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
You may be wondering why it took so long for slavery to end in Texas. Well, considering the history of slavery it doesn’t come as a surprise why, although there has been a number of speculations. For example, one speculation is that the news was deliberately withheld by slave owners to keep slaves on their plantations. Another speculation is that these soldiers / troops waited two years so the slave owners could reap the benefits of their last cotton harvest! How deceitful, hurtful and disgusting!
Think about that for a moment. You had thousands upon thousands of free Black men, women and children working as slaves because they didn’t know they were actually FREE! It breaks my heart and fires up my soul in more ways than one! Yet, we all know how even though slavery had ended, millions of Black people in the United States were being treated as if they were still slaves. Many were beaten, bullied, lynched and murdered.
My heart sinks when I think about all the Black women who were raped during slavery and suffered more rape after slavery was over because there was a long standing law that a Black woman could not be raped. The law for the longest time was that a White woman could be raped, but the rape of a Black woman was not rape because of the color of her skin. How sad, yet bitterly true. Makes you wonder how such foolishness like that took place for so long.
Yes, Juneteenth is celebrated and recognized in some states, but it still doesn’t make up for all the families torn apart and how millions were stripped from their culture. Slavery in any shape or form destroys lives and countless families.
Until next time…