Who: Enslaved African-Americans
and General Major Gordon Granger
What: Federal Order to Abolish Slavery
a.k.a. General Order No. 3
Where: Galveston, Texas
When: June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth)
Why: Because humans beings are NOT
property to be bought and sold!
“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.”
In spite of…
• President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which along with the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment, became the law of the land on January 1, 1863… and…
• The U.S.A. fighting the Civil War (April 12, 1861 ~ April 9, 1865) and ultimately defeating the Confederacy… and
• Granger’s above mentioned post war oratory…
to this very day, June 19, 2020, people of color are still not free in every sense of that word, here in America.
And far too many of today’s racist “lawmen” are doing their damnedest to enforce that ugly reality, on behalf of the racist descendants of Civil War era treasonous secessionists / enemies of the United States.
To this very day, these odious offspring still fly / wave the Stars and Bars and revere their flag even more than the Stars and Stripes. These latter-day, unrepentant rebels still go apoplectic whenever civilized people remind them of the brutality / inhumanity which their butt-ugly flag stands for and/or mention that it’s high time they topple and meltdown their F’d up worthless, bric-a-brac statuary, which they’ve erected to honor their dishonorable confederate generals and, simultaneously, remind all people of color that they are still oppressed.
Mind you, we are talking about statuary to exalt THEIR “war heroes”, whose reprehensible conduct makes them unworthy of the bird droppings that duly decorate them.
As if all of that weren’t bad enough already, if those racist a-hole law enforcers ever need anyone to embolden them… to say, “More power to you!”, they can always count on racist a-hole Donald J. Trump who, little doubt, deems them “good people”. After all, fake prez Trump probably fancies himself the de facto successor to the original fake prez Jefferson Davis.
While true Americans wholeheartedly wish that President Lincoln’s proclamation, as spoken by General Granger, had been the final word in this matter… well… on this Juneteenth 2020… there’s ample evidence that the Civil War never really ended. Backing such a claim…
People of color are now demonstrating in the streets… and during a pandemic, no less…. fighting for their Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms / their very lives… protesting the racially profiling cops / the police brutality which, with ever increasing frequency, has meant judge, jury and executioner cops are meting out the death penalty to black arrestees… mind you… those who are suspected of committing non-violent, minor offenses.
Protestors have been attempting to get the attention of a fake prez, who’s eyes and ears are not connected to a fully functional brain. As such, he erroneously concludes that the only way to deal with folks protesting police brutality is to illegally command his troops to ram his police state magnitude, police brutality down their throats.
Is it any wonder that the last Earthly words of at least 32 victims of police brutality have been “I can’t breathe“… among them Eric Garner and George Floyd.
The road to freedom and recovery, if ever found, will be blocked by white supremacist obstructionists, masquerading as Americans… their “king” taking on the function of the unmovable 159kg / 350lb orange road cone / pylon.
Only free elections can remove him… that is… if free elections even exist anymore…