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A few more thoughts on James O. Eastland, the Senator from Mississippi of whom Joe Biden (in an effort to highlight political "civility") said, “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son.’”...
Photo: @nytimes
Eastland was literally born on a plantation in Sunflower County. His family employed sharecroppers, the economically exploitative system that took over after the abolition of slavery (Happy be-lated #Juneteenth).
Photo: James O. Eastland Collection, Univ. of Mississippi
He entered the Senate in 1942 and, yes, he was a Democrat. But a southern one--a Dixiecrat. There were intra-party differences, mainly along regional lines and Eastland represented the segregationist section.
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1/ It has been more than a decade since Congress examined the topic of reparations for African Americans over slavery.

But today — on #Juneteenth — they did exactly that. texastribune.org/2019/06/19/she…
2/ U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, spearheaded the congressional hearing on reparations today on #Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. texastribune.org/2019/06/19/she…
3/Her measure, which she says is “long overdue”, calls for a commission to “study and develop reparation proposals for African-Americans,” and consider a national apology by the government.

It may be a tough sell in the U.S. Senate. #Juneteenth
texastribune.org/2019/06/19/she…
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By 1860, 4 million black people were enslaved in the U.S., representing an approximate value of $3 BILLION--the single largest asset of any kind. (Source: Steven Deyle, "Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life") #Juneteenth #Reparations
The $100 bill of the Confederate States of America features an image of slaves working the field. They were very clear about the source of their wealth. #Juneteenth #Reparations
My mentions are blowing up with the "what abouts"--pointing out the value of real estate... My mistake in saying "single largest," but if that's ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT $3BILLION dollars "worth of people" then GTFO my mentions.
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As we celebrate #Juneteenth, I think we should consider this warning from @dribram:

A thread:

“Racial reformers have customarily requested or demanded that Americans, particularly White Americans, sacrifice their own privileges for the betterment of Black people. 1/
2/ And yet, this strategy is based on one of the oldest myths of the modern era, a myth continuously produced and reproduced by racists and antiracists alike: that racism materially benefits the majority of White people, that White people would lose and not gain in the ...
3/ ...reconstruction of an antiracist America.”

For example, though there was much sacrifice of life and blood spent by White Americans both for and against the “Peculiar Institution” of the South during the Civil War, we ought never think of the end of the institution ...
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It was an honor to join @ElegbaFolklore in Richmond to celebrate #Juneteenth and remember what happened at places like the Manchester Docks. It’s more important than ever that we acknowledge our history — good, bad, and ugly — so we can study it, preserve it, and learn from it.
Juneteenth is a day of celebration and a day of remembrance. We must not gloss over the horrors of slavery, or its legacy that has persisted long after Union Soldiers landed in Galveston 154 years ago today.
My hope is that the commemoration of this Juneteenth will be a day to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable — and I encourage all Virginians to take a moment today to remember, reflect, and learn.
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Today is #Juneteenth, a day commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in the U.S. While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it took years for all states to officially adopt the proclamation.

Years later, and black people still aren't valued in America.
June 19th marked the end of slavery. America has black people so programmed, most skip recognizing the day we got freedom, but look forward to celebrating 4th of July. Stop living blindfolded. Know your history. #Juneteenth
Public Service Announcement: A lot of people will be tweeting about #Juneteenth. If ANYONE needs confirmation on which politicians, celebrities, etc. really care about helping black people.. ask me. I've been taking notes, and most of them DO NOT CARE. It's for retweets.
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Thread in light of #Juneteenth 🖤

Post civil war/early 20th century black style is not something we see often.

Harriet Tubman's great-nieces Eva Katherine Stewart Northup + Alida Maud Stewart. Harriet helped to raise them. This was at Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913👇🏽
Those two are a fabulous example of how black women, who are often left out of Edwardian style documentations, were indeed participants!

Those hats are Merry Widow hats. Huge decorative hats were the style during the 1910s 👇🏽#juneteenth
Their outfits are reflective of "The Gibson Girl" - This was a character drawn by artist Charles Dana for Vogue to reflect the modern woman. From 1890 to the mid 1910s the illustration was the standard for style.

Blouse + skirt as opposed to a single dress =modern #Juneteenth
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1. What is #Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On JUNE nineTEENTH, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas.
2. They brought news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free—two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Today it remains as the most popular annual celebration of emancipation in the African American community.
3. On that day in Galveston (then Texas’ largest city), General Granger issued General Order Number 3 (pictured below), which began: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. ...
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#OTD in 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston Bay, TX—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Known as #Juneteenth, this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the U.S. #APeoplesJourney
Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized & still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of #Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope & urgent organizing in uncertain times. #APeoplesJourney
For more than 250,000 African Americans in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865, signaled the final day of their enslavement. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, Texas had yet to officially recognize the President’s executive order.
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We must remember Juneteenth & the free future it heralded 158 years ago. But we must not forget that white America, north & south, turned its back on that future & rules an Apartheid state for 100 more years. Nothing explains our current crises more than that. @AnotherSlavery
2/ The intransigent white voters who today obstruct both the most reasonable/humane policies on left & at same time defile honorable principles of conservatism were born in opposition to #Juneteenth & the hunger to resurrect slavery. @MichaelEDyson @ava @RobertRaben @EricHolder
3/ The conviction that the supposed best interests of white Americans is more important that harm done to any other people is at the heart of why #Juneteenth & black freedom were suppressed for 100 years, why mob murder was applauded to stop black voting... @eji_org @splcenter
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