Juneteenth Is Another Marxist Tactic to Cancel Culture
By Carole Hornsby Haynes June 9, 2021
Juneteenth is now a federal holiday celebrating the end of slavery. This is predicated on another Marxist lie. Slavery still existed for nearly six months after this date, including Kentucky and two Northern states, Delaware and New Jersey.
Juneteenth is a reference to June 19, 1865 when Union forces arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed the slaves of their freedom.Yet slavery did not legally end on June 19, 1965 but with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865. Therefore, December 6 is legally Emancipation Day but then we don’t celebrate Constitutional amendment dates.
Juneteenth was initially celebrated in Texas but now is a federal holiday that celebrates nothing. The fact is that December 6 conflicts with the Marxist agenda to keep the slavery propaganda at the forefront and suck in more government dependents. The woke agenda needs to promote Confederaphobic hysteria to rally national demonization of the conservative Christian South.
Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation – an executive order – on January 1, 1863, which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Although popular narrative claims that the Proclamation freed slaves, it declared freedom only for those slaves living in states not under Union control.
Because President Abraham Lincoln had no constitutional authority to free slaves, his Proclamation also could not free a single slave. Even the document states that it was a war measure. The executive order provided a moral justification for Lincoln’s blatant war of aggression against the South so that foreign nations would continue their economic ties with the North and not the South.
Although there were 17 states which had black slaves, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation only applied to 10 states which were under Confederate control: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Yet slaves were not freed in the parts of Virginia and Louisiana which were occupied by Union troops and, therefore, under Union control. A circular was distributed by Union Provost Marshall Captain A.B. Long in New Liberia, Louisiana on April 24, 1863, notifying slaves that they were not free.
The proclamation also did not apply to seven other slave holding states which were under Union control: New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri.
Under the Constitution, only Congress has the power to enact laws, not the President, and Article I, Section 8 did not give Congress power over slavery. Under the Tenth Amendment, Washington, D.C. and the territories were the only jurisdictions over which the Federal Government had authority. Authority over slavery in the states was reserved to the states themselves.
The slaves in the District of Columbia had been freed by act of Congress on April 16, 1862, and those in U.S. territories by the same on June 17, 1862, before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Although Delaware refused to free its slaves, three states did free theirs: Maryland (November 1, 1864), Missouri (January 11, 1865), West Virginia (February 3, 1865), and Tennessee (February 22, 1865).
Despite the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery still existed in exempted parts of Virginia and Louisiana as well as in New Jersey, Delaware, and Kentucky, and Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), where black slaves were held by Native Americans. New Jersey, Delaware, and Kentucky rejected ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment so their slaves were not freed until ratification on December 6, 1865. The only other former slave state which rejected the Thirteenth Amendment was Mississippi.
To keep the Marxist woke agenda alive, American taxpayers are now on the hook for $600 million every single year, forever, to give federal workers still another paid holiday. And the Confederaphobic hysteria is embedded into the national consciousness forever. This conveniently hides the fact that slaves were held in Northern states and that it was Northerners who imported slaves and sold them to Southerners.
According to some estimates, 80 to 100 million Americans are descended from Confederate soldiers. With a population of approximately 330 million, about 25% or 1 out of 4 of the U.S. population is genetically linked to the old Confederacy. It’s way past time to cancel the left’s scheme to cancel Southern culture.We have to recognize that this is a Marxist tactic to destroy our nation within and it is not stopping with Confederate monuments.
It’s time for Southerners to rise up en masse against the lunatic fringe who display irrational and pathological hatred and fear of all things Confederate. It’s time for us to stop playing victim and to be proud of our Christian heritage and our culture including “Dixie.”