Joe Biden signed the bill making June teenth a national holiday. Democrats should start any celebration of June 19th with an apology.
On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived Galveston Texas and issued General Order Number 3, freeing the slaves. For many slaves, this was their first notice that they were free. It is good that we celebrate this. But it is interesting to note who is taking and receiving credit. Donald Trump may have accidentally made this possible Last year, he scheduled a rally on June 19, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It does not appear that either he or his staff were even aware of the significance of June 19th. Naturally, Democrats and their fawning idiots in the MSM screamed bloody murder that he was dishonoring the Tulsa, Massacre. The Tulsa Massacre, which was truly horrible, happened on May 31 and June 1, 1921. Donald Trump missed an opportunity. He should have pointed out that the people who committed that massacre were Democrats with their Klu Klux Klan buddies and most African Americans in Oklahoma in 1921 were Republican. So ironically, the liberal left trashed Donald Trump for something done by white Democrats to black Republicans. Joe Biden obviously knew nothing about June teenth, because he never mentioned it. He was too busy trying to blame Donald Trump for racist acts done by Democrats.
Oklahoma was a very racist state from day one. When they were admitted to the union the newly created state legislature immediately passed Jim Crow laws. These segregated all rail travel and made it nearly impossible for Black Americans to vote, serve on juries or hold local public office. These laws were still enforced until 1965 when they were ruled unconstitutional after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You know the voting rights acts those southern democrats tried desperately to stop. The Klu Klux Klan was responsible for a lot of the violence, which was not limited to the Tulsa Massacre.
I have never understood why Republicans are not better at messaging. That is particularly true when the facts are so overwhelmingly in favor of Republicans. While there have probably been some white supremacists and racists who were Republicans, they were not major players in the Republican party. However, there are numerous examples of white supremacists who were leaders in the Democratic Party. The reality is that the Democratic Party, for much of its existence, was the party of institutionalized racism. They didn’t even pretend. It is amazing that so many black people give John F Kennedy credit for civil rights. He literally had the FBI spy on Martin Luther King. Please! Those who do this ignore the history. While JFK may have been more liberal, regarding equal rights that his southern allies, he chose LBJ to be his VP to send a strong message to those racist southern democrats that he would not focus on civil rights and end segregation. He won the closest Presidential election in history, may have stolen it in Chicago, solely because of his decision to choose LBJ. That is a historical fact, ignored by those who desperately wanted and needed a Democratic hero regarding civil rights. Earth to Democrats. While some Democrats, like Hubert Humphrey, were leaders regarding civil rights, he was pushed aside by people like JFK. When JFK and Martin Luther King were assassinated, LBJ did not push civil rights, he went along with it because he had no choice.
Much of the history of the Democratic Party is indefensible. To understand how bad this really was, check out the slogan for the 1868 Democratic National Convention: “This is a White Man’s Country, Let White Men Rule”. While Democrats blame this all on Southern Democrats, who did return to power in 1868, the ticket chosen was Horatio Seymour, former Governor of New York, and Francis P. Blair, former congressman from Missouri. Other Democrats who ran for president were George H. Pendleton of Ohio, Thomas A. Hendricks of Indian, Former Major General Winfield Scott Hancock of Pennsylvania, Andrew Johnson who was President at the time, Sanford E. Church of New York. Asa Packer of Pennsylvania, James E. English of Connecticut, Joel Parker of new Jersey, James Rood Doolittle of Wisconsin, Stephen J. Field of California, Samuel Chase of Ohio, and John T. Hoffman of New York. Obviously, a lot of northern Democrats supported this platform.
If you move back to 1864, it is even worse. The Democratic Party, at that time all northern Democrats, was bitterly split between War Democrats and Peace Democrats. These were sometimes called Copperheads because they openly favored the south. Incredibly Copperheads continued to support letting confederate states rejoin the union, even while keeping slavery intact. They felt that failure to do this would result in another civil war.
This is what the 1864 DNC resolved:
Resolved, That this convention does explicitly declare, as the sense of the American people, that after four years of failure to restore the Union by the experiment of war, during which, under the pretense of a military necessity of war-power higher than the Constitution, the Constitution itself has been disregarded in every part, and public liberty and private right alike trodden down, and the material prosperity of the country essentially impaired, justice, humanity, liberty, and the public welfare demand that immediate efforts be made for a cessation of hostilities, with a view of an ultimate convention of the States, or other peaceable means, to the end that, at the earliest practicable moment, peace may be restored on the basis of the Federal Union of the States.
The evidence is clear, that in addition to being willing to condone slavery, Democrats, as they did over 100 years later in Vietnam, were willing to end a war, without regard to the consequences, just before clear victory was in sight. I personally witnessed this in Vietnam. The U.S. had won that war, the North Vietnamese had given up and signed a peace treaty. If that treaty had been enforced, South Vietnam would probably look like South Korean today. But Democrats not only refused to allow defense of that treaty, but they also wouldn’t even provide the aid so that South Vietnam could defend itself. In taking this action they threw the sacrifices of all those who fought and particularly those who died in Vietnam on the scrapheap of history. Once again, Democrats who had originally supported a war, decided that after careful reflection it wasn’t worth it after all.
Contrast that with what Lincoln said about this:
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
At a time when Critical Race Theory is being proposed to blame all the problems we face on white supremacy, they ignore who were those white supremacists in the first place. They were Democrats. They were supported and encouraged by the Democratic Party. The Klu Klux Klan was highly connected with the Democratic Party. It was South Democrats who literally filibustered the Civil Right Act. It was Republicans who fought to end discrimination long before Democrats were on board. Read the platform approved by the DNC in 1948:
We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race; the constitutional right to choose one’s associates; to accept private employment without governmental interference, and to earn one’s living in any lawful way. We oppose the elimination of segregation, the repeal of miscegenation statutes, the control of private employment by Federal bureaucrats called for by the misnamed civil rights program. We favor home-rule, local self-government, and a minimum interference with individual rights.
We oppose and condemn the action of the Democratic Convention in sponsoring a civil rights program calling for the elimination of segregation, social equality by Federal fiat, regulations of private employment practices, voting, and local law enforcement.
Note: Democrats who supported civil rights in 1948 where literally shouted down by white supremacists.
Now contrast that with the 1948 Republican platform.
Constant and effective insistence on the personal dignity of the individual, and his right to complete justice without regard to race, creed or color, is a fundamental American principle…
Lynching or any other form of mob violence anywhere is a disgrace to any civilized state, and we favor the prompt enactment of legislation to end this infamy.
One of the basic principles of this Republic is the equality of all individuals in their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This principle is enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution of the United States; it was vindicated on the field of battle and became the cornerstone of this Republic. This right of equal opportunity to work and to advance in life should never be limited in any individual because of race, religion, color, or country of origin. We favor the enactment and just enforcement of such Federal legislation as may be necessary to maintain this right at all times in every part of this Republic.
We favor the abolition of the poll tax as a requisite to voting.
We are opposed to the idea of racial segregation in the armed services of the United States.
Incredibly many black Americans have been convinced that the Democratic Party is the party of civil rights, and the Republican Party is the party of white supremacy and racism. Democrats argue, with no evidence, that all those racist Southern Democrats became Republicans. That is not only wrong, but also absurd. Look at all the buildings in Washington D.C. named after racist Southern Democrats who never even considering apologizing for their racism. Instead, they were praised as mentors by people like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
One need only look at cities run by Democrats to notice one thing. This is where racial segregation still exists today and where black Americans are impacted negatively as a result. Democratic Party policies have led to highly subsidized and concentrated low income housing. This jams a ton of people, dependent on the government, into housing projects that are notorious for crime and violence. That is the opposite of equality. Meanwhile the rich Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Watters, live in luxurious gated communities physically separated from the mess they created with their insane policies. Now they are proposing more of the same and the results will be the same.
Every honest advocate for protecting wildlife understands something important. If you take a wild animal and make it dependent on humans for food and shelter, they quickly become incapable of surviving in the real world. That is why Yellowstone National Park, on the verge of extinction, was brought back from the brink by allowing predators to return and allowing nature to take its course. The result is that even the herds, like Elk, that were and are preyed upon by powerful predators are healthier than ever before.
Republicans need to stop the nonsense and demand a return to the truth. They also need to stop apologizing, for things done by Democrats, and instead remind black Americans two things. First, a reminder of who historically who was their friend and who was their most feared enemy. Second, point out that real equality does not come from handouts, with restrictive strings attached, but rather from someone who offers you an equal chance on a level playing field. Just think about this. No sports team becomes great until they compete on a level playing field with top quality competitors. If the game is rigged, even seemingly on their behalf, it makes them weaker, not stronger.
We should celebrate the teenth, by telling the truth about why this was necessary in the first place. Who was holding people in slavery, even after slaves had been emancipated and who set them free? It sure wasn’t the Democratic Party. As I said earlier, the only proper way for a modern day Democrat to celebrate the teenth is by starting with an apology. We need to start telling the truth, to the teenth degree and the people who will benefit the most from this will be black Americans who have been lied to by Democrats, and have suffered the consequences, for far too long.