“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” Mother Harriet Tubman
I am dedicating all of my remaining posts this year to Black African American females because a race can rise no higher than its’ females. As in all of my posts, underlined words are links.
Historically and traditionally, Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is the day that Texas slaves were told about the Emancipation Proclamation and their Great White Father, Abraham Lincoln freeing them from slavery and bondage.
However, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which was to go into effect on January 1, 1863. On December 31, 1862, thousands of Bible belt slaves in the Southeastern states gathered in prayer and thanksgiving for Black African American’s first “Watch Night Service.” I refer you to my post “WATCH NIGHT SERVICE” TRUE MEANING” which I posted on December 30, 2014.
Most Black African American Pastors are clueless as to why they are holding “Watch Night Services.” There delusional thinking have them believing they are awaiting the arrival of Jesus Christ and not freedom.
Erroneously, most Black African Americans believe that President Abraham Lincoln freed all of America’s slaves, which is the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, President Lincoln did not free one single slave with the Emancipation Proclamation.”
Here lies the confusion, very few Black African Americans have taken the time or interest in reading the Emancipation Proclamation. If they had, they would readily see that it is a bogus document, designed primarily to disrupt the Confederacy’s war efforts and not necessarily free slaves.
“By the President of the United States of America
Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:
“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.
“That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States.”
Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:
Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this first day of
January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the eighty-seventh.
By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.”
First of all, President Lincoln had absolutely no authority over the Confederate States of America, therefore, he did not have judicial authority to free their slaves. Remember, these states had seceded from the United States of America and formed their own country.
Secondly, President Lincoln’s bogus document only targeted slaves in states that were in rebellion. “Secretary of State William H. Seward commented, “We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.”
In other words, the slave-holding states that remained part of the Union were exempt from the Emancipation Proclamation. On the other hand, slaves residing in those rebellious states, which President Lincoln and his Union forces had not yet conquered, remained deeply entrenched in the inhumanity of American Slavery.
Therefore, it was not until June 19, 1865, nearly two and a half years after its’ issuance did the Emancipation Proclamation reach Texas’ slaves when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas.
Furthermore, although the Civil War may have initially freed a few thousand slaves, they were still in de facto bondage. After all, their newly acquired “freedom” (the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint-Oxford Dictionary) did not grant them citizenship rights, as evidenced by them being identified as “freedmen,” which is a title held by no other people in the history of America.
The White racist President Abraham Lincoln’s EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION was nothing more than one more cruel and inhumane mind game played on Black African Americans, both past and present. President Lincoln said,
“I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position.”
Oh, what a blessing it is that my people do not read, think, or use common sense, says the Pastors, Pimps, and Politicians.