The holiday sprang from an incident occurring on Monday, June 19, 1865 when Union Gen. Gordon Granger (right) stood in Galveston, Texas announced that all Negroes in the state of Texas were now freed.
The announcement made by Granger was General Order No. 3, which stated, "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."
The last two sentences are of interest, "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."
It seems that at that time the federal government didn’t want them either. Slavery was an outdated and costly economic system that was dying. This was pointed out quite clearly in Time of the Cross, published by the University of Chicago and written by Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman. Fogel was Jewish and Engerman was married to a Negress, this is pointed out only to indicate that neither would have a hidden bias for White Nationalism.
Many Southerners were perplexed at how to end this system that would have the kindest regards to their slaves. The slave population was quite large and simply tuning them loose without means of support was viewed to be cruel. As harsh as it may sound it was no different than people today who are giving away a pet and want to make sure it would have a good home. But there were no good home for these Negroes to go to. And people were concerned about turning so many into the countryside all at once. Throughout the south when emancipation was announced the majority of slaves refused to leave their homes. This is the place where they were most familiar, this was their home and where they were cared for.
Those who are reading this blog and take offense to the above statement need to consider that this was indeed the sentiment of Negroes in the late 1860's and for many years thereafter.
To turn these people lose without a means of support was just as cruel as taking a dog and turning it lose on the street. If you take offense to this then compare it to your life today. Imagine what it would be like if you were turned loose on the street without a home and without a job. Where would you go? What would you do? Where would you go to eat? Where would you sleep tonight? Before you judge and condemn the platation owners too much, stop and put yourself in their shoes - in that situation?
James Bland was a well know black minstrel who authored more than 700 folk songs. He even performed before the English Queen Victoria. The song Carry Me Back to Old Virginny was written by Bland in 1878. It was the state song of Virginia from 1940 until 1997. Wikipedia says the song was written "soon after the American Civil War, when many of the newly freed slaves were struggling to find work, the song has become controversial in modern times."
When reading the words of the song it is important to note again when the song was written, 1878, long after slavery was abolished, yet we find this black song writer looking back to old days, when life was perhaps a lot easier and kinder to Negroes.
"Carry me back to old Virginny.
There's where the cotton and corn and taters grow.
There's where the birds warble sweet in the spring-time.
There's where this old darkey's heart am long'd to go.
There's where I labored so hard for old Massa,
There's where I labored so hard for old Massa,
Day after day in the field of yellow corn;
No place on earth do I love more sincerely
Than old Virginny, the state where I was born."
Therefore when Granger made the announcement in Galveston, he was as much saying. We are setting the Negroes free but don’t expect us to take care of them. We don’t want them camping out at military posts and they better not expect us to feed them, take care of them or assist them in anyway.
Of course that did not last long and soon Negroes were receiving assistance from the federal government as the former plantations with a wrecked economy could no longer take care of them and often had to literally drive them away by force.
Today welfare is legendary.
I don’t support the concept of slavery. So don’t write any nasty comments to me about something you know little about. But the fact is that slavery, according to Fogel and Engerman was much more benevolent than we are lead to believe by modern myth makers.
Juneteenth is promoted across the nation and is being used to advance a political agenda and using white guilt as its foundation.
Barack Obama has even suggested that Juneteenth day should be made into a national holiday.
How successful has the manipulation of white guilt been? Look at those about you for the answer. If you are a white youngster that feels guilty for a myth that has targeted you, if you no longer care about our people and couldn’t care less if white people are trampled upon and abused then look at yourself in the mirror you are the proof that are warning is correct.