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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Black lies matter

Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times explained why Juneteenth is so important to the Black Liberation Movement (or Black Lives Matter as it now calls itself). Juneteenth allows black intellectuals like him to divorce themselves from Lincoln's freeing of the slaves.

Lincoln is nettlesome to Bouie and others because having white people free the slaves makes it impossible to write off the entire white race. Indeed, 300,000 white boys from the North died to liberate 6 million people and make them American citizens.

The liberators knew this going in. The Battle Hymn of the Republic laid it out: As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free. And remember, Julia Ward Howe who wrote the song was a pacifist. That is how strongly she (and the rest of Northern Christianity) believed in the abolition of slavery.

Well, Bouie and his kind cannot have white boys dying for black men -- and Christian white boys at that.

So he put his head in the sand and spun Juneteenth.

Bouie began his piece with a lie and kept on lying, "Neither Abraham Lincoln nor the Republican Party freed the slaves. They helped set freedom in motion and eventually codified it into law with the 13th Amendment, but they were not themselves responsible for the end of slavery. They were not the ones who brought about its final destruction.

"Who freed the slaves? The slaves freed the slaves."

Yes, they all just one day decided, you know what? Being a slave bites the big one. I think I'll leave.

The reality is they were a chained people who needed the help and sacrifices of others. There is no shame in that. And black people today should not feel beholden to anyone because no one freed them. That was something that happened to long ago ancestors.

But the facts get in the way of the anti-American narrative. How can a country be evil when it endured a civil war to end slavery?

Thus Bouie uses Juneteenth to erase the sacrifices made by a generation of white boys from the North.

He wrote, "Emancipation wasn’t a gift bestowed on the slaves; it was something they took for themselves, the culmination of their long struggle for freedom, which began as soon as chattel slavery was established in the 17th century, and gained even greater steam with the Revolution and the birth of a country committed, at least rhetorically, to freedom and equality. In fighting that struggle, black Americans would open up new vistas of democratic possibility for the entire country."

But emancipation was a gift.

By implying the Civil War was not about slavery, Bouie shows he is a fool for believing he can lie with impunity. He is not alone. The BLM movement has attacked statues of Lincoln and other abolitionists because they are white, which undermines the narrative of 100% racism among white Americans.

But do not allow racists like Bouie to drag you into their swinehole. His lies aside, we should celebrate Juneteenth as an official end of slavery, and celebrate the liberators as well as the liberated. It is V-E and V-J days combined and multiplied by Armistice Day.

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

49 comments:

  1. Is this another kwanza thing? I'm 73 years old. The first time I heard of juneteenth was when complaints came up about President Trump setting his rally for June 19. So, that would be about a week ago.
    Just another thing to divide us.

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    1. Kwanzaa + MLK Day. And they get to call anybody who opposes it a racist. Just like Teddy Kennedy.

      Don't think it will fly this time.

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    2. I agree this was news to me too.

      But I'm not so sure making it a holiday isn't going to fly. It's got momentum.

      Like…

      Tesla makes Juneteenth a holiday as Elon Musk gets pressure from Black Lives Matter movement.

      Our beloved Congressman Joyce Beatty has co sponsored a resolution, H.Res. 450, to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

      Yesterday at least two banks here closed early to commemorate the day.

      So things are moving fast. As one of my friends pointed out since Columbus Day is no longer okay so we need another phony holiday to replace it. This may be it.

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    3. It proves Trump is not as dumb as they say. 90% of america had no clue what juneteenth was until he scheduled his rally. Now ,thanks to the outrage mob< we know it is the end of slavery,a great historical achievement by the republican party. It also brought up the slaughter of black people in Tulsa,a historical achievement of the democrat party.

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    4. I first heard of Juneteenth 53 years ago when I moved to South Texas. African American descendants of slaves who heard they were free when the Union general landed at Galveston on June 19, 1865 celebrated the day. I thought and still think it is a cool holiday.

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    5. Someone point out to me the 10 most inspiring Juneteenth celebrations since, say 2000?? I'll wait....

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    6. It's primarily been a local holiday in Texas that has gradually moved into some of the neighboring states. I was surprised to see it mentioned nationally. But it is legit.

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  2. I'm in agreement with you Jim. That is the exact same time I heard of it.

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  3. If not for whites blacks would still be enslaved, just as they still are in parts of Africa and the muslim world.

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    1. If it was not for Enlightened Whites. There, fixed it for ya'.

      White Democrats were perfectly happy to keep slavery alive forever. Slavery has existed since societies grew big enough to stratify into classes. If a society built cities, they had slaves.

      Only in the last 3 centuries, specifically as an outgrowth of the Enlightenment did the Abolitionist Movement emerge that ended slavery in civilized lands.

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  4. Juneteenth is a Texas-thing, not a national thing. It took 2 years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Executive Action for the news to reach the slaves in Texas, via a ship docking in Galveston (want to say it was Dealy of late Dallas Morning News fame.)
    I think prior to last few weeks, when PDJT chose June 19th for a post-China Virus campaign rally, no one outside of Texas new a damn thing about a subject that has been taught in Texas schools, at least since the 1960s, when Republicans started winning elections over Dhimocrats in Texas.

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    1. Yes, it's a TX thing (nobody ever heard of it if they never lived in TX), but it didn't take 2 years; it took the 2 1/2 weeks after Kirby Smith signed off on surrender (his COS had surrendered May 28) of TX (June 2, the real end of the Civil War).

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  5. The liberators knew this going in. The Battle Hymn of the Republic laid it out: As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free. And remember, Julia Ward Howe who wrote the song was a pacifist. That is how strongly she (and the rest of Northern Christianity) believed in the abolition of slavery.

    Horsefeathors.

    The majority of Union men were in it because the Rebs fired on Fort Sumter (what Lincoln was hoping for); the first Pearl Harbor, if you will.

    They were not in it to free the slaves. Generals from Sherman (who refused to let blacks follow his army as it marched though GA and the Carolinas) on down wanted nothing to do with them. 50,000 Union soldiers deserted after news of the Emancipation Proclamation was made public.

    Emancipation wasn’t a gift bestowed on the slaves; it was something they took for themselves

    No, it was a gift bestowed by rich white Abolitionists after Lincoln's income tax was declared unconstitutional. Since the protective tariff was the big source of revenue for the Feds, Abe needed money to fight the war, so he went to the Abolitionists and asked for money. Their price was Emancipation.

    This is why they don't teach history in schools anymore.

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    1. History is still taught.
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      The history that is taught is as fake as the news.
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      The history that is taught is that whites were all racist all the time.
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      The new accepted form of racism is the kind aimed squarely at whites.
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      We already have 3 to 5 forms of black priveleges.
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      We have black supremacists in the streets erasing our heritage, burning our cities, all supported 110% by the enemedia, commie education elite, the deep state buearocracy, holloyweird and the elite overpaid athletes

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    2. They didn't let Commies teach, either.

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    3. The Emancipation Proclamation only covered states in the Union. It did not cover slaves in Confederate states before surrender.

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    4. Emancipation Proclamation
      DEFINITION
      the announcement made by President Lincoln during the Civil War on September 22, 1862, emancipating all black slaves in states still engaged in rebellion against the Union. Although implementation was strictly beyond Lincoln's powers, the declaration turned the war into a crusade against slavery. It went into effect on January 1, 1863.

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  6. The Haitians kicked out their white masters (and killed them all).
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    Zimbabwe killed as many white farmers as they could.
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    South Africa is busy with their white genocide, too. Pretty soon they'll be starving like the rest.
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    Seems like blacks lacking diversity leads to their starvation and impotence.
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    Let em starve if they hate whites so much

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  7. Just not fit to rule themselves. Anyone show me 2 successful countries run by blacks?

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    1. The Black Jesus was the greatest President in the history of History! He gave free cell phones with free data plans to all of the blacks, you knows?

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    2. and how successful was USA under his leadership? 'nough said!

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    3. Show me any successful country run by a woman.

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  8. White Lies matter, too. That is the lies of Northern whites who absolutely did not die to free the black man. Let's clear the air here. Slavery is evil. But unlike white democrat Tim Kaine's contention, the United States had nothing to do with the creation of slavery. It continued a practice that had been in place for millennia.

    One result (out of many) of the War Between the States (that name shows up in the United States archives) was that chattel slavery was abolished. No argument there. What replaced it, Jim Crow, was arguably just as bad, or worse. It allowed inequality to persist all the while pretending to give equal opportunity ("separate but equal"). That some black folk were able to thrive even in this environment speaks well of the human spirit, but true equality didn't really emerge until the mid-20th century.

    Emancipation was a significant step on the road to treating all Americans as peers with equal opportunity fought for by our founders. But, in and of itself, not even close to the whole picture.

    Northerners love to proclaim loud and long that we fought a "Civil War" (the war was no more civil than the states were "United") to free the slaves. Actual historical documentation shows it was a side effect, but not the original goal. Were there abolitionists involved from the beginning? Sure, but Saint Abe was not one of them. He would really have rather sent all the freed slaves to their "homeland" - Liberia. Some emancipator. Let's free the dark people, but for heaven's sake, we don't really want to live with them. That was Lincoln's attitude in a nutshell.

    Frederick Douglass said this in his
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    "Mr. Lincoln opens his address by announcing his complete loyalty to slavery in the slave States… He is not content with declaring that he has no lawful power to interfere with slavery in the States, but he also denies having the least “inclination” to interfere with slavery in the States. This denial of all feeling against slavery, at such a time and in such circumstances, is wholly discreditable to the head and heart of Mr. Lincoln. Aside from the inhuman coldness of the sentiment, it was a weak and inappropriate utterance."

    So was Lincoln evil? No, but he was absolutely no savior of the black race. He did not emancipate them. Continuing to spout the nonsense about Lincoln freeing the slaves is nothing but propaganda, and is an impediment to real progress. Time has come to acknowledge this truth and move forward.

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    1. Towards the complete unvarnished truth.

      Short of heaven, not completely possible on earth. But repeating lies from any direction, north, south, east, west? Still lies. Are there "southern lies"? Naturally. Are there "northern lies"? Just as much yes.

      Move forward to truth as opposed to being stuck in this mire of disinformation.

      Disinformation is disinformation regardless of the source.

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    2. Lincoln as politician had to deal with the reality that a radical Emancipation and Equality platform would guarantee that we today would never have known his name. His establishing the colony of Liberia to resettle freed slaves wasn't because He didn't think they were equal but because he knew lots of other people would object to equality. Reconstruction and the rise of the Klan pretty much proved that point.

      Almost all of the domestic issues the US has today is a result of the Democratic Party being allowed to persist after the war.

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    3. Lincoln's curse was that he was POTUS during the trying times of our country's split. No matter what he did, he would have been hated. The man aged very rapidly during his terms. And, he did not get to finish what was started. He did get the 13th Amendment passed.

      I agree with the above poster's last paragraph about the dumbocrats. Worse, they not only survived after the war, they thrived, and became very powerful at the turn of the 20th century.

      FLOlson

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    4. So are future generations to believe the type of president Donald Trump was based on articles from the NY Times/Washington Post/USA Today etc? I believe the term in those days was not fake news but yellow journalism.

      regbma in ma

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  9. Like so many here, I’d never heard of this Juneteenth BS until last week when Trump was persuaded to change the date of the Tulsa rally. I am not ignorant of history, but if this is a Texas thing, I may have missed that. And I’ll always be grateful to Ann Coulter for her fine essay on the history of Kwanzaa, an artificial holiday created by an FBI stooge.
    Holidays for most of my working career were just an excuse to score some easy overtime. I think I’ll just be like Tam Keel and celebrate the birthday of John Moses Browning as my personal favorite holiday.

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  10. And to think they are only 13% of the U.S. population. Heck from the stories we hear I thought we had imported every black in the dark continent. Guess the black slave traders kept a few back to work for themselves. Seems like the traders are called progressives in the present day.

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    1. More blacks freely immigrated here from the West Indies and Africa since 1965 than were brought here as slaves. Check the official government statistics.
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  11. Trump should change the name of the Republican Party to the Emancipation party...slogan is”we did it once and will do it again”

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  12. These liberals are full of it!!! They do not care about history, just history that they agree to only. What was the Civil War about again?

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  13. Ah the usual neo con propaganda about the war. Lincoln didn't invade Virginia to free the slaves his own speeches confess that much.

    He invaded to preserve the tax base. Preserve the Union was the propaganda to recruit soldiers. But losers who worship Lincoln know he really was a racist. Once again his own speeches reveal that loud and clear.

    Frankly you neo cons prefer seeing blacks in prisons. Liberals prefer seeing them in ghettos. Both are racists. And neocons are idolize Lincoln every chance they get as they adore bloodshed, conquest, regime change, and empire.

    The Communist Party USA used to hold “Lincoln-Lenin Day” rallies and had a giant portrait of Lincoln in its New York City offices. Even the former dictator of Pakistan, Pervez Musharref, invoked Lincoln’s unconstitutional suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus to “justify” martial law in his country.

    Lincoln had to sequester the entire Maryland legislature to stop them from seceding from his tyranny.

    The deification of Lincoln has become a useful rhetorical tool for tyrants, militarists, and enemies of freedom everywhere.

    During his lifetime Lincoln was actually the most hated and detested of all American presidents, as documented by historian Larry Tagg For example, on page 435 of his book Larry Tagg cites an 1864 Harpers Weekly article that compiled a list of terms that the Northern press used to describe Lincoln including “Filthy Story-Teller, Ignoramus Abe, Despot, Old Scoundrel . . . Perjurer, Liar, Robber, Thief, Swindler, Braggart, Tyrant, Buffoon, Fiend, Usurper, Butcher, Monster . . .”

    That's called using primary evidential documents. Not the spoon fed textbook feel good fairy tales the sheep love to cite.

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    1. In his 1943 book, , historian Ira D. Cardiff wrote that by then Americans were not even “interested . . . in the real Lincoln. They desire a supernatural Lincoln, a Lincoln with none of the faults or frailties of the common man . . . a savior, leading us to democracy and liberty – though most said readers are not interested in democracy or liberty.” Moreover, said Cardiff, “a biography of Lincoln which told the truth about him would probably have great difficulty in finding a publisher.”

      Lincoln as He Really Was by Charles T. Pace is a refreshingly truthful antidote to the standard Lincoln mythology. It is refreshing because it is so fact-based and well documented and devoted to historical truth. Lincoln as He Really Was is not your typical boring, voluminous biography filled with thousands of disconnected (and often irrelevant) facts dug up by a dozen graduate research assistants and published by a card-carrying member of the Ivy League Lincoln cult. It is the first book since Edgar Lee Masters’ 1931 classic to attempt to reveal the truth about what kind of man Abraham Lincoln really was.

      Based on voluminous research of Lincoln’s actions, first and foremost, and not just his rhetoric, Pace describes how Lincoln was an expert manipulator of people; extremely lazy when it came to physical labor (contrary to the “rail splitter” text book legend); was not at all well read; and what he did read was almost exclusively books about speech-making and rhetoric, with titles such as Lessons in Elocution.

      Lincoln never joined a church, and both his law partner William Herndon and his wife Mary Todd said he was not a Christian. His White House assistant, Colonel Ward Lamon, called him “an infidel.” His close associate Judge David Davis, whom he appointed to the Supreme Court, wrote that Lincoln “had no faith, in the Christian sense of the term.” But his mother read him Bible stories as a child, and later in life he studied the Bible for political purposes – to use religious rhetoric to sway the masses to favor his political positions. These positions were almost exclusively the Whig economic program of protectionism, corporate welfare, and a government-run national bank to dispense subsidies to politically-connected corporations, especially his former employers, the railroad corporations. He boasted of always being a “Henry Clay Man,” Clay being the leader of the party of the corrupt, corporate welfare-seeking plutocracy – the Northern Whigs and then the Republicans.

      Pace shows what a political animal Lincoln really was, a “zealous party man” who honed his skills, such as they were, of personally attacking his political opponents with often over-the-top ad hominem assaults, similar to how the Marxists of his day, and our day, argue(d).

      None of Lincoln’s family members voted for him, nor did 20 of the 23 ministers in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. He did not even carry his own county in the 1860 election. These are the people who knew him best.

      The legacy of Lincol for neo cons is that any blood soaked ground is hallowed the more blood the better.

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    2. You could have saved a lot of energy and just said Lincoln's main goal was slavery WAS A LIE. Of course Obungo couldn't have tried to show he was like Lincoln if anyone knew the truth. Another case of "trying to pass" as they say about blacks trying to lock WHITE..

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  15. Alls I know is me, a white working stiff, was greatly inconvenienced yesterday when I found the drive-thru window at the bank had closed 2 hours early to "celebrate" yet another fake black holiday. No notice...they just thought it up and virtue signalled like the Karens they are. On payday. Pathetic.

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  16. I was taught ...many years ago the war was also fought on the state borders being drafted. What about the famous war cry of fifty four forty or fight.

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  17. It would seem that blacks are ashamed of themselves and are trying to mollify their self esteem. They have the knowledge that they have historically been a slave race to the world but want to forget their historical heritage AS a people. The black people in Africa still practice the open buying and selling of slaves throughout all of Africa and beyond. An entire group of people are showing themselves to have a slave mindset. Do they long for a return to slavery? They have no hope of conquering a world that outnumbers them millions to one, loosely calculated for emphasis. The actual number is unknowable so only an educated guess can be anywhere near accurate. Still.

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  18. I wonder how those 300,000 'white boys' would feel about having THROWN THEIR LIVES AWAY for what they DID throw their lives away for, created? I think a lot of people would want to consign those 300,000 Souls to the Nether Regions for what they UNLEASHED ON THE WORLD! They were the "useful idiots" of their time....

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  19. We've gone from MLK Day to Black History Month to Kwanzaa to Juneteenth. Soon we'll celebrate blackness nonstop the year around, and those celebrations usually denigrate whiteness.

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  20. Kwanzateenth, another made up “holiday.”

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