Juneteenth, the annual day that commemorates June 19th, 1865 when Union Army General, Gordon General declared to then slaves they were free from the balcony of the Ashton Villa in Galveston Texas. Today (June 19), Black Twitter is celebrating “Freedom Day” and reminding white folks that 154 years ago is not long ago.
Now more than ever, Juneteenth is necessary due in large part to the tangerine menace in the White House and the scary resurgence of White Nationalism that his hateful rhetoric incites. Freedom Day was celebrated by Black slaves, mainly in the south who learned they were freed by Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was initially issued in January 1863. Now if you are wondering why it took it so long for slaves in Texas to find out, that all had to do with the Civil War and at the time the state was a part of the Confederacy led by white people who just couldn’t fathom the idea of doing their own hard labor.
Slaves did not learn of the Emancipation Proclamation till two months later when the Union Army arrived in Galveston. At the time Lincoln’s decree was meaningless until the Civil War was over. Once word spread from Texas on that fateful June day back in 1865, Black people across the south started celebrating the day now known as Juneteenth in 1866.
Now while our ancestors wildest dreams of freedom have come to fruition, the United States of America still has a lot of work to do in regards to the treatment of Black people. There has been tremendous progress, but a good portion of white people don’t get it, there are monuments that celebrate oppressive Confederacy soldiers, the Confederate flag still flies in some southern states. Just recently Senator Mitch McConnell says he is against Black people getting reparations for being used as slaves and had the audacity to say that President Barack Obama being elected was some form of payment.
Yup, we still got a long way to go, but we should use this day every year to remind Caucasians that they do indeed have tremendous amounts of work to do when it comes to atoning for the sins of their forefathers. You can check out the gallery below to all the reactions to Juneteenth.
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Never Forget: Black Twitter Celebrates Juneteenth, Reminds White Folks 154 Years Ago Was Not Long Ago was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Happy Juneteenth Y’all!! This beautiful holiday marks the end of slavery in the U.S. and deserves far greater representation and appreciation. Remember we are our ancestors wildest dreams. #Juneteenth2019 #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/G4QoIZiAzq— Dr. Keosha T. Bond (@drkeoshabond) June 19, 2019
Here’s a portion of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900. The song was originally written as a poem. It was put to music now as we know it by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1905. #Juneteenth2019 pic.twitter.com/e2y6J9hvlG— Aaron Farrar (@aaronfarrarNews) June 19, 2019
Happy #Juneteenth2019 if you are at work slaving for the white man today work as slow as possible like as slow as it took for our freedom slow .... freedom but we still ain’t free slow— Kara (@mylifeiskara) June 19, 2019
Today we celebrate Juneteenth, a celebration of black freedom in this country.— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) June 19, 2019
It was June 19, 1865, when the slaves of Galveston, Texas, learned the slavery was abolished, years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. #Juneteenth2019 pic.twitter.com/oSh4P1WMpp
Happy Juneteenth!! We’ve got work to do so that the ‘Land of the Free’ means it for everyone.— David Goldsmith (@dgoldy216) June 19, 2019
Fellow White Folk: If you’re not privy to Juneteenth, please take a five and look it up today. Please. #Juneteenth2019 pic.twitter.com/NEsjjDJqv7