Today, after US President Joe Biden designated June 19th as a federal holiday, the nation will celebrate Juneteenth.
Established to commemorate the date, June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers in Texas notified slaves that they were free.
The symbolic end of the Civil War came two months after the Confederacy surrendered.
Nearly three years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the final Confederate states were taken.
The news was slow in those days.
Until December, 1865, slavery had not ended in the states that had rejected the Proclamation.
It is a black holiday, so it is available to everyone.
Black communities have been observing the occasion for over 150 years, not just the liberation, but the four centuries of trauma that preceded it.
On this day, many families get together to remember a swath of rural land known as Freedom, Georgia. Conviviality, music, and food, already sold-out, were promised on the Freedom Georgia Initiative website.
Here are the individuals and families who spent a combined $1.17 million in hard-earned money to acquire a total of 96 acres of beautiful woodland located about 210 kilometres south of Atlanta.
The objective is to create a Black-centric town for Black families, supporting Black businesses, promoting Black culture, advancing Black education, redistributing Black wealth, such as it is (staggering racial disparities that put the net worth of a median white family at nearly 10 times greater than a Black family), carving out a Black safe haven and advancing Black self-determination. Due to the large bureaucracy involved, it is not yet incorporated.
As Atlanta realtor and co-founder of the Georgia Freedom Movement, Ashley Scott, explained in an article she wrote for Blavity.com last year, “We wanted to have a greater influence on our Black families’ lives. We can earn some generational wealth by investing in the land. linking our core values and beliefs
Speaking to CNN, Walters added: “We had to create a space where we could all be a tribe again.
We have created this safe space where we can address our own issues and concerns.
Black women who have sons who are considered threats.
From the ground up. This project is anticipated to take several years, starting with utilities and infrastructure. The building plans include a farm, stables, a man-made lake, a farm-to-table restaurant, an amphitheatre, and a conference centre. Better plans: fire department, Black-led law enforcement, libraries, a hospital, and a school. Most recently, the 537-acre initial land purchase is thought to have increased in size.
It’s supposed to be more of an Emerald City.
Urban communities typically arise when a new immigrant group migrates to the area. Little Italy, Koreatown, Little India, and so on. The history of blacks in America has long been tied to the slave trade. This has caused widespread economic and social harm.
Most people have never caught up.
That is not even the past.
Due to unprecedented African-American voter turnout, along with an army of dedicated black campaign strategists, two African American congressmen both went on to win elections, along with the state’s first Democratic Senator in nearly three decades.
The Georgia Republican Party, which controls the state Senate, this month passed a sweeping bill that introduces stricter voter requirements for absentee balloting, limits drop boxes, and gives the legislature more control over elections, which is intended to suppress the black electorate, which votes overwhelmingly for Democrats. At least 14 states have this year adopted similar laws.
The inevitable caterwauling followed, due to such a racially defined homesteading effort, such as Freedom Georgia, which was decried as being intrinsically racist. In fact, this kind of treatment would never be allowed if applied to black families moving into white neighbourhoods.
Regardless, the Freedom Georgia Initiative emphasizes that whites can join as well.It should not be limited to white people.
They weren’t doing interviews when the Star tried to catch up with them. According to Walters, “Pro-Black does not mean anti-white.” I don’t want people to think this is segregation… a haven where we feel safe.
Although desegregation may seem counterintuitive, especially for my generation that was raised not to discriminate, racism and bigotry still permeate American society. An alternative to racial and ethnic enclaves where people have historically clung to one another until they feel comfortable and wealthy enough to go out on their own. In contrast, Freedom Georgia is reversing the trend for numerous societal reasons.
Homesteading is an important aspect of the black narrative, which can be traced back to settlements founded by freed slaves who escaped to the West as part of a larger exodus in the 1800s… Andrew Johnson revoked the “40 acres and a mule” promise that former slaves had been given, and returned almost all of it to white plantation owners. The reconstruction was a failure because the old discriminatory practices quickly reappeared.
Blacktown, founded by black homesteaders in 1903, was one of many communities that emerged from the Dakota Territory in the early 1900s, providing inspiration for Freedom Georgia. It is all downhill from here. Except for Nicodemus, Kansas, which was established in 1877 and was designated a National Historic Site in 2015. Nicodemus has 22 citizens.
Black Wall Street in Tulsa flourished until a vicious white mob destroyed it. The Red Summer refers to a period in 1919 when white supremacist terrorism and racial riots spread out across the country, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of black people.
A town called Freedom may be a lovely idea. Everything looks hopeful, though.
Juneteenth, a.k.a. Emancipation Day, is a time to rejoice!
Source : TheStar