If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
St. John chapter 8:36
When you compare our emancipation with the Jewish day of freedom it really makes you wonder. They have been celebrating their day of freedom for thousands of years since its inception. We, on the other hand as far as I can tell do not celebrate our so-called emancipation or day of freedom from our enslavement of 400 years. In Texas they celebrate what is called Juneteenth because they received the notice of the Emancipation of slavery two years later. But basically from what I see we do not celebrate our so called freedom from slavery.
The overall reason for the American Civil War was to keep the country together at all cost. According to President Lincoln the southern states did not have the right to break up the nation. He wanted to save this union by any means necessary. With or without slavery the union must be preserved. Up to this point the slavery issue had been used as a political power struggle. When a state wanted to become a part of the nation the question of slavery or non-slavery would surface. How could the balance of power be equally maintained politically?
President Lincoln decided to use the Emancipation as a political threat to the states that pulled out of the union. In 1862 the President first issued the Emancipation stating if those states in question had not returned to the union by January 1, 1863 the slaves would be free. In other words slaves were free in the confederate states where Lincoln had no power. To remove it as a political tool the Emancipation became law for the entire nation at the end of the Civil War.
It should be noted that just before the end of the war President Lincoln called for a meeting with various members of the black community such as lawyers, clergy and black business men to discuss the future of the slaves in this country. His plan was to round up all the black people and take them to the island of Grenada where they would have a place to live. His reasoning was that blacks would never be accepted as equals with the dominate white race in America. The black people who attended the meeting vehemently opposed this as a solution stating that many of them wanted to share in the wealth in this country they made possible. Some stated many were here before the dominant race, their ancestors going back generations. Still others stated they fought for the freedom of this country from British tyranny. They had just as much rights to this country as anyone. They concluded that they could take care of themselves if they were not enslaved and bound by unjust subservient dehumanizing laws.
THE CIVIL WAR AMENDMENTS
The thirteenth amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. But through the following statement a loophole was created whereby slavery could be practiced through the justice system. This clause reads “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The propagation of slavery would continue via the justice system. This is why our prisons both north and south our overflowing with African Americans.
The fourteenth amendment of July 9, 1868 gave equal citizenship, rights, and protection by the laws of this country.
Finally the fifteenth amendment prohibited federal and state government from denying voting rights based on race color or previous conditions of servitude.
However, in each case state government found a way to circumvent these amendments.
NO, the African American community does not celebrate their so-called day of freedom like Jewish people commemorate theirs. When you examine what we have been going through continually, the question is still, “When did it happen? When were we made free indeed?
The quotes and amendment definitions were obtained via Google–Wikipedia
Cornell University-Law-Amendment, Library of Congress (gov.)
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