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Kim Ciszek-Kane
Truth Be Known
05:59 PM on 12/25/2012
Juneteenth, or June 19th, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread before this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on June 19th, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd, 1862, notifying the states in rebellion against the Union that if they did not cease their rebellion and return to the Union by January 1st, 1863, he would declare their slaves forever free. Needless to say, the proclamation was ignored by those states that seceded from the Union. Furthermore, the proclamation did not apply to those slave-holding states that did not rebel against the Union. As a result, about 800,000 slaves were unaffected by the provisions of the proclamation. It would take a civil war to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to formally outlaw slavery in the United States Why is Juneteenth Celebrated?
It symbolizes the end of slavery. Juneteenth has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the fourth of July symbolizes for all Americans -- Freedom. It serves as a historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery.
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rj43
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05:19 PM on 12/25/2012
Thank you Rev. Gafney...Shalom!!!
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Watching rock grow
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12:42 PM on 12/25/2012
Thank you Rev. Wil. Gafney I loved your post, wishing more discussions become more common in the public sphere.

My family of Colonial settlers arrived long after the first slaves in the future US territory South Carolina in 1526. Therefore, I feel a closer affinity to American Blacks. Than to most emigrates that post-date the Civil War that my family fought on both sides of. I am especially pleased that my abolitionist Mennonite ancestors. Left their peace church of more than two centuries, to fight for the North something they refused to do for the Revolution. We have for the most part forgotten the names of our Southern supporting family members only a few surnames remain.

When I am told mostly by my British Isle relatives of a much later date about how hard, their immigrant forefathers had it. I try to meet them as Native Americans treated my ancestors. Then proceed to tell them they have nothing to complain about, compared to how those that built America, especially American Blacks had it.

Please keep writing and encouraging the youth to do so, for I much rather listen, read, or watch a movie about my fellow Americans from the earliest years of our settlement to their freedom, than those that came much later. Take pleasure, and joy in your ancestors Rev. Gafney, for it’s the story that needs to be told loudly, and clearly just as you have done with this article. Thank you again.
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montgomeryjhn
Retired Marine Corps Officer,6 years with SF
11:48 AM on 12/28/2012
British have nothing to be proud of. The Dutch started with the Muslims slavery. British increased the demand for it.
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Watching rock grow
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01:33 PM on 12/28/2012
So? You believe putting my British ancestors down honors yours. The Rev’s way did and I appreciated it.

Many of my ancestors were British, some supported the South, we don’t work at remembering them, we do remember our Swiss-British abolitionist ancestors

How coy it is of you, to blame Dutch, Brits and Muslims. Do you blame the documented history of some Africans making it very easy for the Dutch, Brits, or Americans participating in slavery? It was a horrible experience, an extension and evolution of the already well over 4,000-year-old history of humanity. It was such an abuse of our American principles.

Okay, so you chose to narrowly focus on one point in that history and a couple of peoples instead of dealing with it honestly broadly, it’s your right. Do you give any credit to Queen Victoria the Brit, whose government quit the slave trade? Or her refusal to recognize the right of the South as an independent nation? I do.

Tell me, do you ever cry about the nearly 2,000 years that Europeans suffered slavery under first the Romans, and then the RCC? Meanwhile Africans enjoyed their own history without much influence of Europeans. Even think about it? The history, of my Swiss ancestors and a good many of their European neighbors, that date before the Roman Empire is gone; archaeology is our only hope.

We can be either part of the problem or solution. I rather be part of the solution, have a nice day.
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emeraldcircle
Independent. Irreverent. Iconoclast. Real talk.
11:49 AM on 12/25/2012
Dear ancestor, you didn't have to go through what we went through, so just be happy you're in the here and now, and quit blaming and hating white people for stuff they had nothing to do with.
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Kim Ciszek-Kane
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12:14 AM on 12/26/2012
How would you intelligently know what our ancestors went through? Your statement " be happy you're here and now so stop hating white people for stuff they had nothing to do with? In my opinion smack of racism and delusion.
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emeraldcircle
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10:30 PM on 01/01/2013
The same way you do.
04:25 PM on 01/01/2013
Do you mean Descendent? Do you also mean wanting white people to ACKNOWLEDGE that although they may never have owned slaves (or arrived on American shores well after Emancipation) that
1. American Slavery perpetrated primarily by Whites on Blacks was HORRIFIC and should not be downplayed because it included beating, tarrings, murder, rape and sexual abuse
2. Anyone NOT Black benefits IMMENSELY from the institutionalized history of racism stemming from slavery, Jim Crow laws, and lack of reparations
I'd be happy with those two things.
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emeraldcircle
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10:29 PM on 01/01/2013
Yes, I meant descendant. Yes, slavery was horrific. The fact that some white people were involved in it does not mean that I have any culpability. Anymore than one can blame Jewish people for killing Jesus. is racist. Should I hold all black people collectively responsible when people with dark skin do objectionable things?

The very notion of generalizing behavior of some members of one race to the race itself is inherently troubling. Beyond that, I didn't even exist when these things happened. I had not a darned thing to do with any of it.

I don't agree that I have benefited immensely from slavery. My particular ancestors didn't. They were Iowa farmers who came over from Germany. I'm not sure they ever even saw a black person. If anything slavery hurt them, since southerners had free labor.

Still, not the least bit relevant. I'm not responsible for what other whites do, and I'm sure as heck not responsible for anything that happened before I was born.

A political entity, such as the United States government is another matter entirely. In theory, such a thing is timeless. In that sense, I think investments in education should be made, and they have. The greatest thing holding back the black community TODAY is the black community. That's 90%-95% of it at this point. That doesn't mean the remaining 5-10% should be ignored, just put into perspective.

You are free. You could be president if you had the right stuff.
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montgomeryjhn
Retired Marine Corps Officer,6 years with SF
04:53 PM on 12/24/2012
Blacks weren't the only one's enslaved in America
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Texasstar94
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05:36 AM on 12/25/2012
Legally enslaved for life..others were indentured servants..for a period of time
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Watching rock grow
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12:58 PM on 12/25/2012
No, they weren't. Native Americans were often stolen and sold as slaves too. I read a post about the poor Irish enslaved in the Caribbean colonies not too long ago. A historical fate of those that survived rebellion and wars for land; historically dating back to the 4th millennium BC in the written word. That survives from this ancient form of slavery. Many early American German Palatine settlers moved northward from their traditional Virginia colony, as it became easier to steal light skinned, dark haired people from Border States and call them light-skinned mixed bloods in the deepest south. However, the numbers of these victims of the greed of slavers count to a piddling amount compared to the numbers of Africans.

I am ashamed that you would make such a nasty comment simply because you fashion the justification of fighting our shameful history with the piddling amount of non-African slaves.
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BlairCase
02:04 PM on 12/28/2012
Native Americans also owned slaves. The 13th Amendment dis not apply to the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). The United States negotiated separate treaties with the Cherokee, Chowctaw, Chickasaws and Seminoles to free their slaves. The Indian Bureau pruchasedf slaves from the plains Infdians and set the free. The largest slave market that ever existed in the Americas was the Aztec-operated slave market at Tenochtitlán
04:39 PM on 01/01/2013
No, simply trying to stop the Black Holocaust Deny-ers first tenet of putting forth that American slavery was about substantially anything BUT African enslavement! Stop coming into the Black Voices site and trying to minimize the slave trade. Stop trying to encompass Caribbean, European, Middle Eastern and even Biblical slavery to discussions about AMERICAN slavery! And for God's sake, stop adding the Irish to the discussion of slavery except their roles as plantation overseers and paid workers! The Irish WERE NOT SLAVES! Google can help you define indentured servitude, voluntary immigration, and poverty in a new country.
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12:17 PM on 12/24/2012
By the way the black community should celebrate the signing of the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION as our national holiday. I know it didnt free all the slaves but it started the ball rolling.Or if not that day then the 13th amendment which abolished slavery everywhere. Anyway we should have our own "4TH OF JULY" to celebrate and reflect on our struggles ,triumphs and freedoms.
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Watching rock grow
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01:08 PM on 12/25/2012
I can understand your position; however doesn't it slam the contributions of American Blacks in the USA, and for our nation. That date before the Revolution, and on down through our history freed or enslaved from Crispus Attucks, to Fredrick Douglas, to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Perhaps an End to Slavery Days Holiday would be a better concept and more fitting IMHO?
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Sthernbull
I am one of the 53% that pays taxes.
08:31 PM on 12/25/2012
You could vote Republican, as it was the GOP that freed the slaves and Protected the Freedmen.
12:03 AM on 12/26/2012
nope the gop is now the party of birthers
12:03 AM on 12/26/2012
and vwhat has that got to do with 2012?