Juneteenth - Man, we've come a long way!

I got this from my local newspaper today, interesting...
Read it, leave a comment - I will have a drawing for a free set of stationary from my shop (your choice)...winner will be announced June 22nd

On Sept. 22, 1862 - with our nation still ripped apart by fratricide - President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing black slaves in Confederate states.But slaves in Texas did not receive the news until June 19, 1865, when Gen. Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on Galveston Island.Granger read aloud from what was called General Order Number Three: "The people of Texas are informed that ... all slaves are free.

This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and property between former masters and slaves."As so often happens, reality did not measure up to the ideals of words written on paper.There was more - much more - work to be done.America paid a blood debt over slavery, with the Civil War leaving a million men dead or wounded. But this bloodletting did not cleanse all of slavery's stain.After the last of the Confederate armies surrendered in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, became the law of the land.

The 14th Amendment was adopted three years later, stating: "No state shall make or enforce any law which abridges the privileges ... of citizens of the United States."But, again, real life did not measure up.There was yet to be Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Yet to be Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Yet to be, 61 years ago this summer, the hard-muscled miracle of Jackie Robinson.

Today, all Americans have every right to be proud Barack Obama is the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for President of the United States.Other African-Americans - such as Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice - have honorably served President George W. Bush.Just last week, Fortune magazine announced the two top-earning American celebrities are Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods.

Regardless of politics, Obama's achievements are especially inspiring. As the son of a Kenyan father and a white mother, there was a time - in the not-so-distant past - when he would have been shunned by both races. Now, he might be our next president. Don't ever let anybody tell you we haven't made a lot of progress

3 comments:

SatinDollCo said...

We sure have come a long way and having Obama in the elections truly shows that.

Stormee said...

Yes this is a great article for Juneteenth, I always love all the festivities, but most of all I love all of the history behind it. Thanks for sharing.

Handcrafted by LaMar said...

this is a gr8 and deep article...b/c we have come a long way though for some those harsh reality of racism still exist...I mean look at the brother shot the other day 50+ times, we are still considered invaluable but we are making progress at the same time lets just hope we do not lose it all in vain b/c there is a lot of our peoples blood in the soils of this (hateful) world called America.....

 
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