June Teenth & What it means

In Communication, News on June 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

Yes.  You’ve heard the term before:

“Niggers Day”.

There! I said it.

I’m black – I’m not afraid of the word “Nigger”. I’m from the South – so I’m clear on what the history of Niggers Day is and what it represents. I’m a writer – so don’t make this a WORD GAME with me. It won’t work.

If Nigger was a good enough term in 1865 to label our Ancestors with…it’s good enough for me to recall in title when celebrating (and referring to) June 19th. It was spoken in a derrogatory tone by slave masters, but we all know a non-black person using that word, will recieve a beat down from the the nearest black person – in the name of HISTORY and their ancestors who were duped into thinking SLAVERY was still legal – when in fact it was abolished for 2.5 years prior by the President, before anyone told the Slaves in the South.

Ugly. Right? A very sensitive subject.

For years June Teenth Celebrations were largely limited to the Southern region, but today, due to our adventurous travel across Gods great land, June Teenth is celebrated by a myriad of people in a number of states as a reminder of American History. Niggers Day was not a celebration for white folks in 1865, because they were likely not so happy about having to FREE ALL OF THOSE SLAVES. It must have hurt like hell. However being free after centuries of enslavement was no doubt The BEST DAY of our Ancestors Lives and today we welcome all to celebrate in unity.

I’m going to celebrate it. I’m going to celebrate it BIG. I will not forget History and I won’t let my offspring forget either. In fact, June Teenth is my first cousins birthday — so on this day you can usually find me at the park near the bar-b-que pit sipping red soda water and socializing with good freedom loving people. 🙂 That’s right! June Teenth is a great day! I thank God it finally happened.

What’cha know ’bout it?


Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

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