|June 19, 2020
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
we are celebrating something called "Juneteenth",
marking the end of slavery in the United States,
a push to make it a national holiday (I watched an
African American man on television this morning complaining
that "Yeah, I'm getting the day off, but I'm not
getting paid for it") .
This will go
along with other annual celebrations, including Kwanzaa, a
holiday invented by former Black Panther activist Maulana
Karenga, where black children are taught the history of
slavery in the United States, including lessons in speaking
Swahili, a language common to Eastern Africa. Slaves going
to North America came from Western Africa where Swahili was
not spoken, many being captured by neighboring tribes doing
a booming slave business and selling their catches to white
The current population of
African Americans in this country comes from an estimated
400,000 captured and sold Africans (they weren't "African
Americans" yet, a term invented in your lifetime) and
2 million or so more who moved here voluntarily. Ideas are
now being tossed-around (mainly by those on the possible
receiving end, and politicians heavily influenced by the
demands of "Black Lives Matter") for
reparation payments, including one to pay African American
slave descendents a monthly salary for life. Of course, the
progeniture of Africans who moved here voluntarily since
this mess all started want in on the money as well. I can't
say I blame them, and the cost and time of figuring out who
is who would be impossible.
Back in 2011,
approved over a billion dollars in payments to black
farmers who were discriminated against by the loan programs
of the USDA, with records showing no more than 33,000
African American farmers in the country. Over 90,000
applicants filed forms for their share of the money. Why not
get in on a good thing?
Juneteenth marks the date
in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas were informed they'd
been free for the past two and half years, and nobody
bothered to tell them.
I'm looking forward to a
new holiday where we celebrate the moment we all finally
learned to live together as equal human beings, all looking
out for each other, with no more rioting, looting, killing
or being killed.
What a wonderful day that would
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