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Juneteenth Day Matters!

Today is a legit day to celebrate an occasion that actually mattered. No, it’s not the 4th of July as we know very well. We’re talking about Juneteenth Day. A day that many don’t know about but to quote Kevin Hart: “You gon’ learn today!” For the 155th time, America is recognizing a forgotten Independence Day that almost had right previously in the late 1770’s. Yes we all know that originally, Independence Day was started in 1776 in which that yes and many will hear that black people were still slaves. They were in bondage. No rights. Yes, Master. No Master. We know. Frankly, there was a lot of that and a few black patriots at the time fought in the Revolution, attempted to seek their freedom and most went back into slavery. However, it seems that 4th of July was the mainstay of celebrating the Independence of America. Again, you will know this next month. But again, this day of the 19th is a CLOSER! Think of this: July 4th is the opening pitch to freedom. An opening pitch to eliminate tyranny, oppression, and persecution. Even though it should have been stopped in that particular year, many in the country who benefited and owned slaves actually didn’t want that to end. Yes, let’s call it what it was, slavery and commodity equals money. Even though the British rule was already divorced, but the inner struggle of slavery was a long shot to be eliminated. It took 89 years which in baseball is about 16,198 games. But on the first to last game, which was January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation to decide that black slaves would be declared free. 2 years later in 1865, after the assassination of Lincoln, the news to Galveston, Texas from General Grainger that the slaves would be now and forever free. This was known as “General Order Number 3.” This is why I say Juneteenth is the CLOSER, or the closing pitch that ended the dreaded streak. That ended the game that many fought for so long to eliminate. This is why I also say that “Juneteenth Day Matters Like The 4th!”

For many of you who are not black, and just wanting to know what this is, and we know many of you will be going all decked out Red, White, and Blue next month. Get this: if you know the 4th, get to know what Juneteenth Day is about. Get to know why this day matters. And many of you are in education, working for the curriculum. I challenge you to put Juneteenth Day further ON THE MAP! I challenge all of those who are black educators: put this day of June 19th ON THE MAP for the curriculum. It is necessary because this is part of the historical events that Americans need to know and summarize. After all, do many people still say that “Black history is American History?” Remember that quote that I hated since Black History Month? Yeah well, since Juneteenth Day is an American Occasion, why not add this to the American History that folks again, need to know! And Black History is STILL World History!

Unlike many Juneteenth Day Celebrations in the country, there were not many marches. And social distancing was in effect due to the coronavirus. In spite of that, Juneteenth Day went on regardless. There were marches, shutting the streets down, murals were and are still being painted on to streets that were declared “sacred ground.” Speeches were made to declare slavery was dead but the struggle goes on. Even after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and countless others that died in the hands of the police. And yet, the Juneteenth Day flags were raised in cities that were used for the first time. EVER. Milwaukee, my homecity that has celebrated Juneteenth longer in the north, raised the new flag outside of the Zeidler Municipal Building. This is the same building named after one of Milwaukee’s Mayors, and a centralplex for the April Voting Drives. Not only that , but Madison also held its Juneteenth Day Flag raising on the State Capitol signifying the 155th occasion. And also, our Milwaukee County Courthouse also raised the new Juneteenth Banner for the special day. All areas of Milwaukee and Madison had the historical moments documented and summarized!

Now let me go left field on these non-black companies and advertisers that are now just discovering Juneteenth Day. Even the Networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are now just discovering this soon-to-be Independence Day. And our so-called president claimed to “made Juneteenth famous”. Let’s cut the Bull….right now:

First of all: Juneteenth Day was made famous by those who were set free from slavery.

Juneteenth Day was made famous who later marched and protested who were mostly black and fought for Civil Rights that we read about over and over again and making sure that the stories still remain in tact for another era of citizens.

Juneteenth Day was made famous by many who still recognize our concerns, our voices, and our black god-given rights to remain active and ALIVE to let those know that our black rights, and lives still matter! Even at a time when many black men are not as active as black women when it comes to concerns in the community. Even though the black men of TODAY are not as active as the forefathers, but they are out there. And they are active and educating the men of now. Of course, the men of now will do their own thing in the future but guidance must be placed on the table!

If many of the folks who are just now discovering Juneteenth, where have they been?! Black folks have been talking about this for YEARS! This is why the white folks and those who work in non-black establishments must listen to every single black citizen either at work or the house. Not just say, “here you go…………” NO! the key words are to “listen to the black folks!” Let us continue to have our turn to say what we want and need to say. Regardless of our stance on employment, health, finance, spiritual, mental, educational physical and countless others that we discuss that we may agree and disagree, but hear us out! If we don’t see a chair at your table, we have chairs at home to bring. Long ago, we didn’t have those rights as we do now. And that struggle has been going on since the start of loading the boats!

And to have our so-called president to have his “rally” on Juneteenth in a town like Tulsa, Oklahoma that had a history of Black Wall Street being destroyed by racist whites in 1921, was a slap in the face. 99 years this month. Although it was moved to June 20th, which is the first day of the summer solstice. Wow. However even though it’s a different time and a different era, but the struggle again still continues.

So yes, Juneteenth Day 2020 is in the books. However, in the recent “support” of Juneteenth must continue to go on. Like those sales of oil changes to get $17.76 off. Where are the $18.65 discounts? Where are those that need to surface? Yes, I know as a black man that Juneteenth Day MUST be carefully guarded not to be fumbled with a commercialized sense of being jaded. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at all those sales that are geared towards holidays: New Years, Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and yes Christmas. I’m not saying Juneteenth Day should be marketable. But being careful HOW Juneteenth Day should be marketed that it shouldn’t be sold in a negative sense. That is the main point of all of this. Same as Target marketing Black History Month. Which it has. But I hope that those that market Black History or Juneteenth Day should donate some of those sales to most needed black-owned businesses, and especially to the schools. I’ll give four letters: HBCU. That’s the Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Don’t just donate to the causes on these occasions, do them ALL YEAR LONG! And I hope that since the companies are “supporting black workers” and donating all the causes, for all of you big companies from Facebook to U.S. Bank, Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Tesla, Taco Bell (yeah I’m putting them on the list after firing the worker who had on a Black Lives Matter Mask) Best Buy, Walmart, news media, technological companies, health organizations, employment agencies, the federal government, state government, city government, county government and anywhere that they claim or stake their claim in the support of black workers: I got four words for you: step your game up! Prove to many that you back up your African-American employees. No matter what their positions are. Why you ask? simply put, their black lives DO matter. And they should matter just like everyone else.

So yes, we made it to another year of Juneteenth. And its very legit like the 4th. But after this day is over: The struggle continues!


Truth be told: It’s June 19th. AKA – Juneteenth Day.

And the thing is there is a scratching of the heads from those whom feel that they never knew the holiday, or the occasion why this day exists.

It’s always been here. And it’s been around since June 19th, 1865.

If those need a history lesson on why Juneteenth Day is here and why it exists, let this enlighten you.

I’m assuming that many woke up this morning and asking what’s Juneteenth Day? I’m assuming that many didn’t get the memo about the last of the black slaves that were set free on this day in 1865 in Galveston, Texas. I’m assuming that yes, Abraham Lincoln scripted the document, the Emancipation Proclaimation on January 1st, 1863 in the idea of setting up the plan to free the slaves and the use of the word FREEDOM. Yes, that is what Juneteenth is in a sense, the freedom day that blacks heard the news that the last of the slavery portion was indeed over.

Why is this holiday since 1865 really matter to……let’s say the 4th of July? You know that the 4th of July in which many will dress like Lady Liberty, and fireworks in your local parks? Yeah, that one. But it’s also the same 4th of July that my ancestors were in bondage. They were slaves. They didn’t get all the freedoms that the rich white folks and their associates had to get. The ONLY way that the Slaved Men of African Decent had to get freedom back in the 18th Century in all, was to do one thing: serve in the Continental Army for one year and after that service is up, they will be guaranteed their freedom. Even the British Army were given the same option! The whole Fourth of July, or the “Fourth of YOU LIE!” thing was really about the freedom thing being denied due to the black folks being enslaved of no rights! From 1776 to 1865, black folks had to endure approximately 89 years of being enslaved with the words: tyranny, oppression and persecution. Oh they couldn’t enjoy the fireworks.

We all know that. I think we know it without all the googles.

Now to the crowd is asking this question: “Why didn’t I learned this in school?” I can answer that: it was never taught to you. The teachers you had probably never taught you that part of black history that should have been part of the curriculum. The real blame in my view is on the curriculum. Not just the teachers and authors of updated history books! The reason I picked the curriculum because I think it starts at the top of the educational food chain in all of the schools. And yes, as an Alumni of a School District like Milwaukee, and colleges like Milwaukee’s MATC and UW-Stout I agree with this message.

Juneteenth Day is important to summarize like the 4th of July in a sense because it was and is a monumental event in history of gaining independence. Gaining freedom. Gaining prosperity. And yes, gaining a thought to be equal for all. The late MLK as many like to quote alot, had often said “be true what you say on paper!” Be true! Don’t just be like, “oh, I like the blacks and I got black friends!” Or bringing up about Black on Black Crime, or the dumb question of “what are you celebrating?

Spoiler Alert: You will be asked that same question about celebrating the 4th of July. Just wait.

Now folks, can we please stop? Just stop right there.

If many really have black friends that dealt with police brutality, racism, being discriminated due to financial, spiritual, health related matters in all, even shot in the back while running from the cops for no reason, what is the deal?!

The deal is, in my opinion, even though that Juneteenth Day 2018 is coming to a close for another year, between now and next year, what’s next after all of the parades, food, merch, and red drinks like kool-aid?And how come Juneteenth Day doesn’t have a fireworks display? Come on, now! Propose an idea to get a fireworks display on the week before or after June 19th! Just like in the local festivals.

America must continue to deal with the grip of facing the realities of racism. Mainly of race. Juneteenth Day may abolished the thought of slavery, the reality of this is that spirit of slavery in such of Jim Crow, and up until now: the struggle continues! Even I say this after the Fourth of July will be concluded with the last blast of fireworks and picnics, and many may forget, guess what: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES! Even in the era of 45 making a fool out of us and the world is probably asking what is wrong with America?

Oh you don’t hear me!

So yes: Happy Juneteenth Day! And also – the struggle does indeed, continues!


Here’s a round 3 of the memes. I’m ready now.

Well you know it’s the truth, right? Not all Christians are evil.

And I assume this applies to everyday jobs and businesses we invest in, right?

Oh let go in on this, with all this going on with Starbucks, with black patrons, justice is coming. Am I right?

Wait a second, has it already started?

You realize that it wouldn’t work right?

Is our spelling really this worse? Don’t you dare blame the school system, blame the after thought!

Can many others actually say this? I’m just asking!

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So the Bald Eagles don’t like 45? They mean though!

Um, black folks is this true? Is it really true? What if you move back, lol!

Let me ask: if that’s the case, what is really driving the Millennials away? Along with Gen X, and Gen Z?

So are we winning or really losing?

Ok, so Meek Mill is free from jail. What’s next to stay out of jail and will not go back being that other dude again that got him in jail though?

And many know that these other stores will not save us from the calamity. Agree?

So it’s all the churches fault about the stacks. What about those catered businesses though, and those clubs? Don’t start illing!

And the last thing to ask…..will the United Methodist Church for the next 50 years “stay woke” in it’s ministry and lessons to improve?

More to come!


For all of my readers in Houston: Stay strong. We know what’s going on with the situtation with Hurricane Harvey. I know many of you had lost homes, or couldn’t recover things that were damaged or irreplacable. We all know. If that were to happen in Milwaukee, you would do the same for us. So Houston: as well as my family folks in Texas, we will keep you in prayer and thoughts as you recover from the Hurricane. As I said the night of my father’s wake: Stay in the fight!

Now: I’m going to shift gears here and talk about false prophets and false info that can be a contagious bug. (dont’ worry I’ll talk about Michael The Black Man next) Yesterday as we were reading about the Hurricane in Texas, and seeing all the flooding that has plagued the city of Houston and the surrounding areas. Yes we manily had that reactionary thought about “Oh we need to pray for our folks in Houston…” And like many of you, I got relatives and friends in Texas that are residing in the state now. Mostly from Milwaukee. And yes, they are happy that they found something or somewhere to live. That’s them. But as I was reading about the Lakewood Church in Houston, many had to go in about Joel Osteen and this story about his church not opening up, all about the money, he don’t care about your feelings and many of the “myths” that many had to bring up about his situtaion and his church. Oh, and lumping all the Churches and Christians in a big lump of being hyprocites, and well: stuck up. That same story over and over again on Social Media that had folks all in this uproar. Now for all of the Joel Osteen fans outhere, I ‘m not a fan nor a follower of Joel Osteen. Never have been. Not willing to try. Never bought his books, his website downloads, never watched his tele-evagelist stuff on TV. By the way I’m not a fan of Televangaelist anyway.

While all this story about his church was being flooded or somewhat wet, many had to call him a liar, and pupit pimp or many other names I can’t even say here. But many of us who don’t live in Houston or never paid attention to his material, WE DONT KNOW SH*T. We don’t! Many of us had to lay claim that he is just like many other the preachers who get infront of the congregations every Sunday to preach the word, are thinking all about the money after being collected in the plates and taking it to the banks.

Well to all of my non-believers in Christ: What else do you know? I can wait.

In an updated story that Joel Osteen stated that he never closed his doors. And did state that his church will be open for those who need a place to recover. So when I read that statement, I had to ask where all this overreaction came from, especially from those who are NON-BELIEVERS who are not so very informative when it comes to stories of being heard from other people that they assume it’s true. People let’s cut the BS right now! For all of the non-belivers who think that all churches and pastors are in this lump pot of hypocrites: stop it.  Not many of us who are church weekly attendees are like that. Many of you know us way back since sunday school and choir practice that were positive folks. And many of us still have that today. So why are YOU worried about the church opening doors that you haven’t tried since you left?! And futhermore, your connections at the clubs or joints that you spend on Saturday nights and you know who they are, what are they doing? Are they helping? It’s kind of funny many talk smack about Church but actually mentions them when disaster strikes.

 

SPEAKIING OF THAT: UMCOR. Heard of that? That stands for United Methodist Church on Relief. And this is part of my demonation at work. When I said disaster strikes, this organization doesn’t just preach the word, they act on it! No matter if it’s dealing wtih damages of Earthquakes, flooding, Hurricanes, Tornados or any other disaster. They are on it to support from loading supplies to grants.  They have been in business since 1940 and still helping out.  Many of the volunteers (according to the video) are UMC Members, UMC Personal Staff,  UMC Connections and etc. They also understand that the proceess of recovery takes time. And UMCOR is still with the folks that are still with the folks with needs. So technically they are still in the game and not leaving the bench. UMCOR is the real deal. And I should say this is what we, in the United Methodist are called to do. We can also Rethink Church to make us relevant, but this by no means is not just about rethinking, but redoing what we’ve were assigned and called to do.

So with that being said: for all you non-believers who think that all churches or church connections don’t do enough or all about the money to the bank, or with us going out after eat after worship an all that: let me sink this in.

There are those who PLAY church and there are those who DO church.

And part of the assumption of the hyprocrites that plagues with the Christians or false teachings does NOT APPLY TO ALL. You know what else is considered false teachings: anyone can do this. Even you non-church folks do this everyday on Social Media – False Stories. False information! Yeah you do it too! And even at times journalists can be corrected too.

Whether you like or hate Joel Osteen or any other Minister, Bishop, Apostle, or whatever, even a Church Secretary like me, if you hear some false info about whatever you read everyday and you believe that source is credited properly, I ask this: what did the main person say? What did the main person say in all this? I don’t want to read about what some conscious person thinks online WITHOUT CREDIBILITY! Folks if you want to read the real shiznit, read the real SHIZNIT. Post that with credibility! Don’t always assume the obvious that oh…..that’s what they said. Who is “the they?” The so-called HOTEPS?! I have to say that they too can spread some false info too! Let that sink in! And many of you follow the acts of per se of folks were or are afraid to hear about God’s Work at Work. But when disaster strikes, folks run to the church for help. And you just criticized them for being false prophets from the pulpit getting all that money! If I went to you for help and I’m a good dude that does good work, would you do it?

Pray for Houston folks. And at the same time, give yourself a prayer because you just never know.

And for those who want to help Houston in a UMCOR sense, here is their website on how you can donate or contribute.

 


Check it. I’m on Youtube and I’m watching this student, Jeff Bliss, telling his teacher some real talk. I’m going to say this, if those in America, especially those graduating this year in 2013, thinking about becoming a teacher,  I’m not saying it’s a choice. If that’s what they want, not a problem. But however, they must have a serious mindset of teaching the new players for this real world.

You might have seen this on Facebook also. But if those might not want to be serious, and still want it for the paycheck, wrong business! And I’ll say that students have rights. Even this student for standing up for his beliefs.

Real Talk!

By the way, the original video on Youtube may contain dialogue not suitable for younger viewers. BE ADVISED!