I attended the 2022 Juneteenth event at the Carter Farms of Unionville in Orange County, VA, honoring the freedoms of the enslaved who later suffered through “Jim Crow” ruthless tyrannical white supremacists through to the Civil Rights Movement, which continues today.
As an African-American tax-paying citizen, my physical presence is a testament and the legacy representing millions of enslaved people.
After President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation declaring on January 1, 1863, all enslaved people were free during the Civil War. The U. S. Constitution celebration six months later refused to protect or respect the freedoms of the former enslaved, allowing for 100- years to pass, culminating with the Civil Rights movement forcing federal laws signed in the 1960s, reinforcing the rights of African-American Citizens.
Sadly, today as I type, American states, cities, school systems, and citizens do not want to know, teach or learn anything about America’s Historical involvement in the enslavement of human beings.
Many claim it makes them feel uneasy and/or embarrassed, but personal emotional feelings, compared to the suffering of enslaved people and their descendants, cannot be compared. Refusing to acknowledge American History provides a fertile foundation for another American atrocity against its tax-paying citizens. The Japanese-American Internment camps are a perfect example of History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.
Juneteenth is a day in American History to recognize the enslaved people who fought for freedoms granted to American citizens. Honoring and remembering America’s past should inspire all Americans to never allow any form of slavery to exist in any state in America’s future.
Juneteeth is a U. S. Federal holiday, like Memorial and Veterans Day, to honor Americans who gave their lives in battle.
Hopefully, one day in the future, a monument and statue will be erected to honor and recognizes human beings who fought against the institution of slavery to be free. Because freedom is what American citizens and people worldwide endeavor.
Celebrating Juneteenth every year is what America needs to honor and recognize the millions of enslaved people who constructed U. S. Federal Buildings, universities, and roads, allowing our young country to flex its muscle in two World Wars.
Men gathered in a 1776 Pennsylvania building to debate and compromise to ratify a document detailing their freedoms to pay fewer to no taxes to a Monarch several thousand miles away. They wanted to increase their wealth and consume lands from the indigenous people while breeding an enslaved labor force.
There is a certain simplicity to recognizing heroes. They are the people who work their entire life for the betterment of other Americans fighting against tyrannical hateful people who went to war to preserve their right to own human beings.
These forgotten American heroes are the abolitionists Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglas, William Loyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman and many others who worked tirelessly to their death to abolish slavery. In the eyes of their legacies, these American heroes’ names and images should adorn US currency and be applied to every US Military base worldwide.
A Civil War Living Historian, Morris Lockheart, representing the 23rd United States Color Troop, gave a presentation at the event. He spoke of the units participating during the Civil knowing their fight was for freedom.
Juneteeth is American History and not a day to wander about any store shopping. It is a time to honor those whose sacrifices allow us to live and love one another forever.