Jun. 16, 2021

Juneteenth Isn't The End Of The Call For Reparations

"The US Senate passed the bill which will make June 19th a Federal Holiday. The US Senate, House of Representatives, and The President best understand that this move doesn't and won't satisfy our demand for reparations. Why? Here's why! Because with 5 years Juneteeth will become an economic engine to build white revenue and wealth not the opposite. Let's be strong here and understand we are worth so much more than this. Read what Randall Robinson wrote about our suffering and the debt owed us.

"Through keloids of suffering, through coarse veils of damaged self-belief, lost direction, misplaced compass, shit-faced resignation, racial transmutation, black people worked long, hard, killing days, years, centuries—and they were never paid. The value of their labor went into others’ pockets—plantation owners, northern entrepreneurs, state treasuries, the United States government. Where was the money? Where is the money? There is a debt here."

Randall Robinson
The Debt/Reparations "

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Jun. 15, 2021

Why Are Asked To Celebrate General Field Order 3? Yet Ignore Special Field Order 15

Let’s start talking about the final Civil War Field Orders related to the enslaved freedmen in the Spring and Summer of 1865. Which one was more substantial and likely to impact the black communities for future generations. Which one had the least bang in terms of creating a real chance for those recently enslaved to build true economic power after being held in bondage for 246 years due to the vile system of institutional slavery. Also, why is the Field Order with the least economic impact for our black ancestors celebrated by our black communities today while the Field Order with the most potential to drive the economic engine of those ancestral black communities not celebrated. Also, why isn’t that Field Order that added economic subsistence not even remembered as little more than a logo and a teeshirt. While, the Field Order that truly has no historical merit place on the pinnacle of celebrations. Many in our community are even demanding that the Field Order that created this non-holiday, holiday be given the status of national appeal. If you don’t understand what I am talking about I ask that you do some research on the subject which compares the strength and magnitude of both of these Civil War Field Orders. Let me give you just a little background information this morning. Special Field Order # 15 was issued during the waning days of the Civil War by General William T. Sherman, in it our formerly enslaved ancestors would receive 40 acres of confiscated federal property, the property formerly owned by the southern confederate planters, land that had be used to build wealth of the Confederacy with the free labor of our black American ancestors. This field order had the support of the then current President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Which meant that the full weight of the American Government intended to provide each freedman 40 acres to till and farm and build some financial independence. It was the Field Order that Martin Luther King Jr. indicated in his I Have A Dream speech related to getting full payment for an insufficient check due the Black Americans in 1963. It was the Field Order that had substance and truly could have driven the black economy of those who had been enslaved for 246 years.

Enter John Wilkes Booth and Andrew Johnson. When Booth murdered Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 and Andrew Johnson assumed the Presidency, the current President was looking for ways to not provide security for the formerly enslaved Black Americans. Johnson was looking for ways to ensure that the former powerful southern elitist confederate planters could regain the land confiscated from them during the Civil War. Why on June 19, 1865, did General Gordon Granger who delivered General Field Order Number 3 to the formerly enslaved Black Americans residing in Galveston, Texas and throughout the Texas fail to mention any such land opportunity that Sherman issued with Presidential authority on January 16, 1865? All that was written was that in accordance with the proclamation from the executive of the United States, all slaves were free. What happened to the Lincoln edict that all slaves were free and entitled to 40 acres of land. Where did the Field Order Number 15 disappear too? Did Andrew Johnson give General Gordon Granger explicit orders only to mention the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans? We know that Johnson would eventually return all the confiscated land he could back to the white elites. We also know that it was Congress, not Johnson who would force the issue of Black Reconstruction. Why do we celebrate a date that was chosen not to empower our black ancestors but to put them back in their place of economic distress. As Ida Belle Wells stated the formerly enslaved Black Americans didn’t get a penny or an inch of land from the United States Government. Our should’ve gotten 40 acres of land. The Field Order or General Order 3 should’ve mention not only emancipation rights but also land rights. But it was simply another paper tiger with no substance. Why do we celebrate a lie? Emancipation without the right to get what the formerly enslaved people earned through 246 years of free labor. Juneteenth, is a guise to keep us off track and it probably emanated in the Johnson White House to ensure that those 40 acres would disappear, and be historically forgotten. Do the history behind Field Order 15 and General Order 3 and you will agree with June 19th is no day to celebrate. Why? Because that is the day that the sufficient check that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about became insufficient.

Jun. 15, 2021

Thinking About My Personal Reflection Failure Of Brown vs.Board of Education

"11 years after Brown vs. Board of Education an 11 year-old boy from East Baltimore since went to a segregated elementary school. The Principal of course was white. I assuming it was his job was to monitor and ensure that the black teachers at this elementary school taught the City's curricula and not a black-centric one. I loved my teachers at Fort Worthington Elementary School on Hoffman Street. The school was only minutes from my home and I actually could run to school somedays. There was no need for school buses. Our teachers encouraged us. There also was no mention of integrating our school. All my teachers were black. In 1965, I loved my school and I loved my schooling. That all would change in 1966 when this now 12 year-old was forced to attend and experience a school that was predominately white with both students and teachers. That was my very first experience with white teachers. Before 1966, my report cards made my Mom and Dad proud with all A's for classroom academic performance and classroom social skills. That ended in 1965 because I was now experiencing racism and the report cards showed C's where once A's were. I gained nothing by going to school with white kids except maybe marijuana drug contacts. 12 years after the Brown vs The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, I became the invisible student where once I was loved and pushed to perform academically. I now was just another negro boy pushed into a school that didn't want me. For the first time blatant racism was surrounding me everyday I attended school. All this talk of Critical Race Theory, the racial lies being taught in American History classes is what I faced everyday started in reality before 1966 but they became more apparent when the voices of the person telling the historical lies were white. I didn't gain a damn thing from Brown vs Board of Education Topeka, Kansas. As a matter of fact I lost my uniqueness and became invisible for the remainder of my school years from 1966-1972. I kinda wish I had an opportunity to talk to Thurgood Marshall in 1965 because if I could I would've told him that Brown vs. Board of Education Topeka, Kansas was unconstitutional for black children. Today, that black boy from East Baltimore is now 67 and it has taken me quite a while to black wash all that educational whitewashing I receive. I am sure my teachers before 1965 care and love me, after 1965, I am sure that many of my teachers didn't even see my face. "

#theblack blogger
Jun. 14, 2021

Writing About Juneteeth, Symbolic Or Reality

I wonder if our black communities do more harm than good when we celebrate Juneteeth. First off if the celebration had originated in a state like say Michigan, Illinois then maybe it would be a healthy celebration of emancipation. But Juneteeth coming from an arch confederate state like Texas makes this June 19, 1865 date of supposed emancipation of enslaved Black Americans a date not of celebration. Why? Because within a decade plus two years, Black Emancipation ended with the termination of Black Reconstruction with the Compromise of 1877. This compromise which allowed the former confederate states especially Texas to renege on ever constitutional right that our Black Americans supposedly secured with the Civil Right Amendments. The state of Texas lead the way with the indoctrination of every conceivable way to wrestle away the black residents constitutional rights. White Texans did this through acts of terror which included the lynching and burning alive of our black ancestors. I mean how could Juneteenth even have any validity if on June 19, 1877 rather than beef being cooked on the spic a black body was being burned alive for the enjoyment of the whites in Texas? Also, how could you celebrate emancipation rights where the rights that the Constitution supposedly gave you were being ignored on every border of the State of Texas as well as most of the United States? How? What about the supposed end of the slavery that was celebrated on June 19, 1865? Did it truly end? When the Union Troops left states like Texas along with the end of the Freedman’s Bureau what protections did our Black Americans have? I mean in a sense a worser form of slavery was implemented, one that now gave our black ancestors bodies no economic value like that peculiar institution did. So their bodies were disposed of without any remorse and those same bodies were worked to death across the southern states including Texas. You think you could celebrate freedom when you as a black man, woman, or child was caught in the cycle of Jim Crow slavery? You think when you as a black American couldn’t get an education at a school for more than 3 months a year you could celebrate Juneteeth? You think you could celebrate emancipation when the white night riders decided to target your family for publicly declaring that you were seeking equality of rights? I mean I love a party just like any other person but Field Order 3 delivered on June 19, 1865 by Union General Granger to the black communities in Galveston, Texas was not the cause for celebration it only foretold that the real struggle for black equality was just starting. This country loves to support our causes for symbolism and Juneteenth is indeed a symbol not of emancipation but of continued oppression. Oppression, yes, oppression and slavery and a more virulent form. I also feel that we shouldn’t be celebrating Juneteeth because our ancestors promises made in 1865 have yet to be delivered. When you celebrate broken promises you may believe that those promises have been kept. How can you celebrate Juneteenth when the original Field Order 15 which supposedly gave us 40 acres and some semblance of ownership in the American dream was ignored? What did Field Order 3 give Black Americans, surely it was emancipation, nor to it even mention personal ownership of the American Dream.

Jun. 14, 2021

Saluting William Harvey Carney On Flag Day 2021

Spend a few moments with JoeSmokeBlackThoughts detailing the life of William H. Carney, the very first American of African Descent to earn the distinction Congressional Medal of Honor Winner. I will detail William Carney's life and conclude with the reading of Catherine Clinton's book, HOLD THE FLAG HIGH, on this 14th day of June, 2021.