Tomorrow is Juneteeth. If you don’t know what Juneteenth is, please visit my post from last year to refresh your memory. In short, Juneteenth is “a holiday celebrated on 19 June to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.” But in this, the era of extreme racism in government, police, and society, it is much, much more than that.
I was so moved that I was speechless, a rarity for me, when President Biden signed a bill, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, into law yesterday declaring that June 19th is, from this point forward in the United States, a federal holiday. The bill landed on the President’s desk despite some 14 members of the House of Representatives who objected. Yes, my friends, 14 people who We the People elected to federal office, to the United States Congress, are still so blinded by bigotry that they refused to honour the day that, at least on paper, Black people won the right to be free and equal in the eyes of this nation.
Those 14 representatives are …
- Mo Brooks (Alabama)
- Andy Biggs (Arizona)
- Andrew Clyde (Georgia)
- Scott DesJarlais (Tennessee)
- Paul Gosar (Arizona)
- Ronnie Jackson (Texas)
- Doug LaMalfa (California)
- Thomas Massie (Kentucky)
- Tom McClintock (California)
- Ralph Norman (South Carolina)
- Mike Rogers (Alabama)
- Matt Rosendale (Montana)
- Chip Roy (Texas)
- Tom Tiffany (Wisconsin)
Remember their names, for these are some of the most racist, bigoted representatives in the United States Congress today. Also note that ten of the fourteen are from states SOUTH of the Mason-Dixon line … states that fought on the side of the Confederacy trying to preserve slavery just 150 years ago.
There seem to have been two schools of ‘thought’ (and I use that term loosely) among these fourteen as to why they do not support this bill. Some said it was because of the bill’s name as ‘Independence Day’, and others objected … believe it or not … to federal workers getting yet another paid holiday! Remember that members of Congress get numerous, lengthy paid holidays each year, far in excess of what the average worker gets. A few of the more ignominious comments …
- “Juneteenth is more debunked Critical Race Theory in action.” – Paul Gosar
- “… I do not support more days off for federal employees.” – Ronny Jackson
- “Naming this day ‘National Independence Day’ would create confusion and push Americans to pick one of those two days as their independence day based on their racial identity.” – Thomas Massie
- “I don’t believe it’s healthy to reach into the dead past, revive its most malevolent conflicts and reintroduce them into our age.” – Tom McClintock
- “This isn’t an effort to commemorate emancipation, it’s very clearly tied to the larger hard-left agenda to enshrine the racial history of this country as the prime aspect of our national story.” – Matt Rosendale
- “… needlessly divides our nation on a matter that should instead bring us together by creating a separate Independence Day based on the color of one’s skin.” – Chip Roy
Apparently Mr. McClintock and Mr. Rosendale do not believe in that old adage that if we forget the lessons of history, we are destined to repeat it. And Mr. Roy must have his head buried in the sand if he doesn’t realize that this nation is already hopelessly divided on matters of race, among other issues. What a bunch of narrow-minded bigots these 14 white males are, with no sense of history, no sense of humanity, only their own belief in their white supremacy. Folks, please, vote these jerks out next year … our very lives depend on it.