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Friday, January 22, 2021

Thanks, Texas

Tennessee lawmakers are again filing legislation that would make Juneteenth a legal holiday. 

Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19 and commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. It's been celebrated for over a century and traces back to 1865 in Galveston, Texas when Major Granger announced that "all slaves are free," two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 

15 comments:

  1. and a bunch of them didn't want to leave the plantation because they were happy where they were.

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  2. All politics is local. Texas still has Confederate Heroes Day, Jan 19 - a State holiday. You can imagine the commotion each year, but this year it landed the day after MLK day...
    https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/01/19/what-is-confederate-heroes-day-and-why-do-texans-still-celebrate-it-today/

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    1. January 19 is Robert E. Lee's birthday, and a state holiday here in Mississippi.

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  3. I suspect blacks in various parts of Tennessee had their own dates they celebrated. Here in Western Kentucky they have a big party, drug binge, shoot out, picnic at their churches on the 8th of August. Even being semi locked down last August there was a multi person shootout between locals and a group from up in Illinois.

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  4. "B-but...but...like, EWWWWWWW! Lincoln is in the RACIST Registry!

    "His name shall be uttered no more forever!"

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  5. I do not know why the other states want to celebrate juneteenth it has always been a Texas holiday thing. The news of being freed came to Texas the same time that the south had surrendered, i do not know why the rest of the country wants to take it!!!!! grayman

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    1. Monday I will file a copyright on Juneteenth then charge any state who wants to use it for the big party, drug binge, shootout and picnics. Maybe I will get rich too.

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  6. Cinco de Mayo started in Texas and now is marked by TV news all over the country. TV talkers couldn't tell you the difference between Maximillian of Austria and Fernando the bull.

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  7. Juneteenth used to be the occasion of a really great blues festival here in Houston. Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Winter, SRV, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert Collins. That was all in one weekend. Now it's a 'celebration of Urban Contemporary'.

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  8. So what? The blacks aren't going to work that day? What's the difference then between that and any other day? Maybe they get extra Ripple.

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  9. Maybe if they would let slavery just fade into the past and stop jacking each other up about it things would calm down. Course I haven't forgotten about Lincoln's illegal, unconstitutional War Against the States. I wasn't educated this way, I got this way all by my own self. Burning down my home town didn't help much.

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  10. I learned about Junteenth when I moved here to Texas and my Mexican friends told me about it, laughing. “Wut? We was free all thus time?” Every year it cracks them up.

    They thought it funny it took Texas two years to go about freeing slaves. They laughed even harder this year when the country joined in wanting to make it a holiday.

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  11. It is just a another excuse for govt people to take off and get paid for it. Honest workers have to skip out on work or take paid leave.

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  12. I wouldn't give them an "extra" holiday, but I'd be for swapping an MLK day for a Juneteenth.
    And when is it going to be "White History Month"?

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    1. Good news, comrade! As soon as we can get the train schedules written up, we will have "Make Whites History Month"!
      - Your Friendly Government Elites

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