Juneteenth vs. Institutionalized Racism
By Dennis Jamison – June 18, 2020
Freedom, if it is to be preserved, demands a serious commitment to responsibility that accompanies the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. Without any sense of responsibility, Freedom disintegrates within the civil society and eventually leads to chaos. This is what American citizens are witnessing across the country due to the outright promotion of lawlessness. It is extremely important to note that the current state of lawlessness did not start with the George Floyd murder and ensuing peaceful protests over what many people witnessed by viral distribution of the video of his death. The outright promotion of lawlessness began immediately after Donald J. Trump was elected president.
Democrats are the Party of lawlessness unless they are in “control.” And, since they lost their control and were not able to continue unabated with their corruption or promotion of the culture of death, they reacted by behaving the way they have historically, as the Party of slave owner Andrew Jackson. Relatively few Americans realize that Jackson did not willingly accept the results of the presidential election of 1824. He rebelled and would not support John Quincy Adams as president. He formed his “Democratic” Party, with a strong emphasis on “Jacksonian Democracy.” This was the beginning of a major shift in political power in America.
Essentially, the political rivalry between Jackson and Adams revealed fractures in the nation leading to the Civil War that ultimately ripped the nation apart. Adams was the son of John and Abigail Adams, who were both children of Christian ministers, and who both had serious misgivings about slavery. Jackson was a proud slave owner who reportedly beat his slaves like other slave owners in the Deep South. These two represented on a personal level the growing divide in America at the time.
That divide in the Union grew wider and wider due to the hypocrisy of slave owners in the southern states. Between 1840 and 1850, slavery either died out, or slaves were emancipated in all of the northern states except New Jersey. And in New Jersey, slavery was limited to the slaves that had been born before 1805. And, by the time of the Civil War, there were only 18 slaves remaining in New Jersey. South of the Mason-Dixon line, however, Democrats refused to dismantle what was referred to as their “peculiar institution” of African slavery. They justified it by explaining slaves were not really human. Therefore, it could be defended even within the higher levels of the federal government. That was institutionalized racism.
The election of Abraham Lincoln, however, set the stage for the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back.” The southern Democrats also saw their political balance of power with the north declining as their proportional representation in Congress became increasingly less than 50% of the national population. The Civil War could have solved the political discrepancies in order to retain or expand the Southern power base. The Democrats preferred to fight rather than follow the North in emancipating slaves. Yet, the Civil War broke southern Democrat control over their “Old Dominion.”
The Democrats were forced to emancipate their slaves. After President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the basis for his plans for emancipation of the slaves was handled, or mishandled, by the U.S. Army. The southern slave owners had to be forced by the U.S. military to free the southern slaves. This was enforced throughout the South by Army “General Order No. 3.” This military order represented the practical fulfillment of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The official record of the final slaves to be freed is from June 19, 1865, which was over two months after Union General Ulysses S. Grant accepted General Lee’s surrender.
General Gordon Granger marched 2,000 Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas, to secure the state and oversee procedures for the emancipation of the slaves. While he stood on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3” to all who had gathered to hear of the liberation. It was an incredible day for the former slaves; however, the U.S. Army needed to enforce the liberation order by taking control over the state of Texas to ensure compliance with the order. As can be imagined, the majority of staunch Confederates were resistant to such radical change in their lifestyle and social status.
Why is this important today? This event is celebrated as “Juneteenth,” which is also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. It is certainly a holiday that deserves a more substantial place in U.S. history. And, it is likely that when President Donald Trump announced he was changing his upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma out of respect for Juneteenth, many people may not have known what he meant.
Trump had planned to have his rally in Tulsa this coming Friday, but he changed it to Saturday out of respect for Juneteenth: “We had previously scheduled our #MAGA Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th… Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday.” He went on to note that:
Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents. I have therefore decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th…
Juneteenth is not the only casualty of genuine recognition by historically challenged Americans. Before that holiday could even be established, in order to end slavery in the South, hundreds of thousands of boys and men died fighting during the Civil War. This is one fact that is also almost forgotten, or it is purposefully distorted by revisionist historians who want to fan the divisiveness of racism.
To be sure, institutionalized racism did not originate with the Democrat Party, but they unabashedly promoted dehumanization of an entire race of people for economic benefit. And, Democrats perpetuated institutionalized racism until the days of the Civil Rights Movement. Again, Democrat leaders had to be forced to eliminate their institutionalized racism.
Today, the Democrats use collective “white guilt” to generate a moral weakness in white people. Nonetheless, Democrats of any color are shameless. When a black minister from Washington state requested that President Obama apologize for slavery on behalf of the Democrat Party, Obama made no effort to honor the request. Obama showed the true colors of his Party which takes zero responsibility for the sake of everyone’s Freedom.