June 19th is an important day in our history as a nation. June 19th 1865 was the day that slaves found out they were free, bu Union soldiers no less because the . Why this happened 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation is beyond me. No one ever mentions that fact. I certainly don't remember that being brought up in my US History class in high school They DID however mention it in my Black History class so that's why I know about this day. It really is sad the things they gloss over in a history class when it doesn't put us in the best light. It's apparently only recognized as a holiday in 36 states which is ridiculously offensive. I'm going to do the research and see which states don't celebrate it. That should be interesting, but I'm sure no surprises will come from that search.
I tried to research why it took 2 1/2 years and came up with this on a few sites:
"Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation." Pathetic.
I think you're a hypocrite if you only tell your kids the good stuff. If you tell your children to support a war we shouldn't be in and that we should support our troops and be proud to be an American but you don't tell them about the Ruby Bridges of the world, you're a hypocrite. I plan to make sure my children understand that people are treated differently because of bigotry and racism. They will know what we as a country did to the American Indians. How can I not make them understand that you can't see the good until you know the wrongs we've done? If you wear a flag on your shirt and bitch when others don't wear an American flag lapel pin but you don't tell your kids about Selma, Alabama or that whole 40 acres and a mule bullshit, you are a H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E! I think it's important for my son to understand that Antwon, who was one of his best friends at school this year wouldn't have been there 50 years ago because he's black and it would have been illegal.
General Order No. 3:
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. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
These states DO celebrate ~ Maryland IS NOT one of them.
"Mississippi joins Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Delaware, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington State, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina, Vermont, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and the District of Columbia in recognizing the end of enslavement in America."