Happy Juneteenth! The day our ancestors fighting came into fruition and chattel slavery was outlawed in this country. So many of our ancestors fought and died in the civil war - if we had not fought, the union would not of won. So we freed ourselves.
Sixteen African American soldiers won the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War. The north leveraged our fighting skills and our are intellect. We served as nurses, map makers, scouts and spies to name a few. Harriet Tubman even served as a Union spy.
Juneteenth is called Juneteenth because on June 19th, 1865, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and announced the Emancipation Proclamation and the defeat of the Confederacy. This was met by pure jubilation. Some enslaved Africans immediately left the plantation to find loved ones that had been sold or to had North.
My family has been celebrating Juneteenth since I was a little boy. We would go to festivals, cookouts, etc. But also raising awareness about our struggles as Black people and acting on ways to help eachother is another great way to spend the day.
Black people, we going through a lot right now in this country. As the world is paying more attention to our plight as a whole, internally we are being called to pay more attention to the plight of Black women. I'd be a lie if said I had the answers, but I know it starts with listening. So that's what I am doing right now. I am asking my mom questions about the way she feels, and also my friends. I am hearing examples of characteristics I never want to exemplify.
While I have never abused anyone and have strived to create environments where everyone is comfortable, I'm just going to sit back and listen and hear the pain.
Since Black men are perpetrating crimes against Black woman, the next chapter of this relies on training the next generation of Black men. My part to play in this is to keep being a God fearing man with character and integrity. And next to help wake up a generation of men to return to fathership, the foundation of community orientation. More on this later. Happy Juneteenth.