Guest Post by Michael West
My summary observations of something that is more complex than most people make it out to be:
The Fourth of July must always be the preeminent holiday in the American “liturgy”. Even for the slaves whose lives were spent in a state of legalized kidnapping, it was their Independence Day also even while they didn’t enjoy the reality of it. Yet I understand some arguments, such as those who perpetuate Frederick Douglass’s observations on Independence Day. But frankly, anyone espousing that attitude *still* are anti-American.
BUT, it should surely be acknowledged that even while Independence Day was for ALL Americans (even those who in reality didn’t enjoy its blessings), there were those who in reality didn’t enjoy its blessings. And an end to their legalized kidnapping, finally realizing the values of the Declaration, SHOULD be celebrated.
Now, whether that celebration ought to be “Juneteenth”, or the ratification of the 13th Amendment (January 31, 1865), or the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863), or the defeat of the Confederacy, I don’t know. Still, it is appropriate for the U.S. to honor such a momentous event that all Americans should be grateful for.
Here’s what I do know. Although the official nationwide celebration of June 19th was primarily pushed by Democrats, and I don’t think Conservatives should oppose something simply because it originates with Democrats. BUT. But…when Democrats, so many of whom have proven that they *HATE* America and its Value set, propose anything “patriotic”, one should ask why. What is the undisclosed angle they are working? What does the smokescreen obscure? What are they planning down the road that the language of this “celebration” is setting up?
I am all for a celebration of the end of slavery, but ONLY if people who actually like America (and therefore NOT Democrats), get to define what that celebration is and get to define how the eventual rituals play out. In principle it is a good idea to celebrate the end of the curse of slavery. In practice, I am dubious about motives and execution.
Initial indications are that “Juneteenth” will be promoted and celebrated as “Black Independence Day”, in order to perpetuate the destructive narrative of “White America” versus “Black America.” If that is the case, this new holiday gets a hard “NO!” from me.