Clueless Florida Republicans ‘Celebrate’ Juneteenth

The Republican Party of Florida is at it again, showing its stupidity and insensitivity toward African Americans. How? By trying to morph into a celebration what was actually a crime against slaves. At the same time, they are trying to align themselves with the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln, a radical band of reformers and abolitionists whose Congress overrode the veto of white supremacist President Andrew Johnson to pass civil rights laws only to see them overturned by an “activist” Supreme Court.

Is Juneteenth something to celebrate? Certainly not. However, it is absolutely something to acknowledge

Here’s another example of the Republicans trotting out a black party member to show America that Mr. Lincoln’s party is still a great place to be black. Hey, Michael Steele, how are you celebrating Juneteenth?

Here’s the latest product from nimrod Jim Greer and his merry band of dolts:

Representative Jennifer Carroll, Chairperson of the Republican Party of Florida’s African American Republican Leadership Council, and RPOF Chairman Jim Greer today released the following statement regarding “Juneteenth,” a celebration recognizing June 19, 1865, the day the last American slaves learned that they were free:

“‘Juneteenth’ is a celebration of the day when the last remaining slaves received word that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, resulting in their freedom. As the Party of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party of Florida is built on the foundation of freedom, and this principle is as important to us today it was so many years ago, when President Lincoln helped to found the Republican Party as the anti-slavery party,” said Representative Carroll. “Over 140 years, we have championed these convictions. From the Civil Rights laws of the 1860s to the landmark 1954 decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education, which called for the end of segregation in public schools, the Republican Party has always been an advocate for civil rights.”

“Republicans are still spearheading reform today, including efforts to increase access to homeownership among African Americans, provide quality education for all children, and ensure strong support for small businesses. We are proud to share the same core beliefs of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom as many African American families, and this is why we will continue to fight for the African American vote,” said Chairman Greer.

Hey, Jim and Jennifer, here’s what Juneteenth means to a 23-year-old black woman from Raleigh, N.C., blogging at Dirt that Soap Won’t Clean:

Juneteenth is by far my favorite [Black] American [non]-holiday. I can appreciate reflecting and acknowledging June 19 of every year because, for me, it serves as a reminder of [how] shifty and ugly American history really is. While many will argue that [white] Independence Day serves a deeper and more violent reminder of the costs of liberation, but I very much disagree.

See, Juneteenth reminds me that Black people are still not free in American. We were enslaved …. We were treated as less than human (and only counted as 3/5 of a person …). We had an enemy at home. Do we still? Quite certainly, though not as easily identifiable as slave masters a little over a hundred years ago.

We were liberated, but not told. We were allowed to believe that we were still slaves in some places for a full year after the Emancipation Proclamation was released!

Is Juneteenth something to celebrate? Certainly not. However, it is absolutely something to acknowledge.

That, RPOF, is the real meaning of Juneteenth, and stop trying to co-opt it as part of your smarmy attempts to bring more blacks into the “Big Tent.”

Oh, know what else many African Americans think about on Juneteenth? Reparations. Why don’t you Big Tent folks put your heads together and come up with a plan for that. Don’t you think the party of Abraham Lincoln should?

4 Comments

  • June 26, 2009 - 6:39 am | Permalink

    What reparations? If their distant ancestors hadn’t been brought over here they would still be dancing around barefoot with war paint in the jungle… if anything, they should be grateful for being here not asking for something they don’t deserve.
    They always have something to complain about… real or imagined.

  • June 26, 2009 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Hey Patiece, who is this mysterious “they” of whom you speak? Republicans?

  • Jim Walker
    June 26, 2009 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    yeah, free communal farming and hunting in africa was surely worse than being captured, chained and forced to provide free labor enforced by floggings and death for exploiting colonialists… the white american version of history always seems to be able to produce some sort of twisted examples of the advantages of slavery as opposed to freedom and expect people of color to blindly be grateful.

    Juneteenth should be celebrated only by those to whom rational thought is painful… like the GOP

  • SAH
    June 26, 2009 - 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Patience:

    When I read comments like you it makes me wonder if you ever paid attention in history class. African-American ancestors come from places with strong cultures, cultures that have nothing to do with mine or yours probably European); the fact that they did not wear “proper” clothes did not make them savages, “Dancing around barefoot with war paint in the jungle..” Many African cultures have a history of masks and dances are part of celebrations (harvest, coming of age, etc.). Please a little bit of respect for other cultures always goes a long way.

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