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To all those folks out here saying #BidenHarris haven't done anything or they've not kept their promises, and to those progressives who say nothing is better than something? Time for a little lesson in politics.

First, Presidents PROPOSE.

Congress DISPOSES.

It's been that way since (checks notes) for the last 244 years.

What promises did #BidenHarris break?
What's in the bill? Only $1.5 TRILLION of an amazing framework.

Bottom line?

A heck of a lot of GREAT changes for us all.

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Thread: This clip re the #VAgov race has an interview w/ a white woman claims "there's not a lot of racism" in Loudon County & (unironically) that "if you talk about it less you're gonna notice [it] less."

I'm a white woman who disagrees with her take.

I know there's a damaging and unacceptable level of racist behavior in every county of the US (and FWIW in every part of my own country, NZ.) Logically, the level of it in the state of VA would be above average for the US.

Rs are being blatantly obvious in their racism now.
My understanding of the level of racism in the GOP has changed over the past 5 years. It was more well hidden.

Yes, racism from one group to another can be found among Rs and Ds. This thread is about racism toward African Americans, as the largest group affected.
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(1) I'm terrible. I can't resist commenting on this viral Lake Lanier video in historical and political context. It's also not particularly hard on the eyes.😉

(2) People enjoy videos like this because of the schadenfreude, especially when college-age kids are involved. A further subset of the schadenfreuders are those who enjoy the misfortune of white people, esp. in GA. Now, hear me out...
(3) I'm just a commentator. I have no axe to grind on behalf of white or black people, or for / against GA. I'm not on the Democrat or Republican side in these things. My focus is always on saving lives. And I don't mean any drownings were likely. It's broader than that.
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We need #CriticalRaceTheory because I didn’t hear about the Tulsa Race Massacre or #Juneteenth until I was over thirty-five and I have a 🤬ing doctorate in history.
Seriously I didn’t even hear about the Haitian Revolution until I was in graduate school. Our educational system in this country isn’t a joke, because that would imply this ignorance was an accident.
Reader, the history you learn is never an accident. It always stems from choice.
No history is unbiased, because (among other things) to be unbiased you would have to literally know every single thing that happened in all of human history.
The history we learn is created and shaped by choice. There is nothing natural of inevitable about what facts we learn.
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A note on historic context and #JuneTeenth— Many of the articles and social media posts currently note that on in Galveston June 19, 1865, approximately 250,000 enslaved Blacks in Texas were notified that they were free. Here’s a few important things about that number…
1) In 1825, Stephen F. Austin’s colony of anglo settlers on the Brazos River included 400+ Black slaves, and despite Mexico abolishing slavery in 1829 it granted Amex exception to Texas in 1830.
2) The number of Black slaves grew rapidly in Texas: from 10,000+ in 1840 to 58,000 in 1850. By 1860, there were 182,000 Black slaves in Texas—more that 30% of the total population of Texas.
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Let's discuss the significance of #Juneteenth, which was amplified during last summer's protests and the escalating take-downs of Confederate monuments. Juneteenth served as a counter-narrative, especially starting in the late 19th century when the the Lost Cause ideology
was fabricated. The erection of Confederate monuments was part of a deliberate and successful effort by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to bolster white supremacy; to rewrite history to deny the significance of slavery in the Civil War and its violent role in American
history. Celebrations of Juneteenth stood in stark contrast. The Emancipation Proclamation was. They discussed citizenship rights. They amplified the individual and collective achievements of AfAms. They refused to let actual U.S. history be completely excised, debased,
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#Juneteenth becoming a national holiday is a good step in the right direction & I applaud President Biden & Congress for its passage. I also want to thank & honor Opal Lee, an amazing 94-year-old grandmother, for her tireless efforts to bring Juneteenth national recognition.
However, there is much work to be done in our pursuit of #absoluteequality. We will continue to fight to dismantle systemic racism & racial injustice. To demand economic equality & voting access for ALL American citizens.
Our work is far from done and I am committed to doing the hard, necessary work to move closer to the American ideal of “liberty and justice for all.”
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As an African immigrant, I want to use this special day of Juneteenth to say a heartfelt "thank you" to my African American brothers and sisters, who paved the way for me in the United States of America.
I believe that your sacrifices & triumphs have helped open the door to immigrants of all stripes.Thank you!

Before you were Americans, you were Africans. We are of the same blood. Neither time nor history, nor experiences can change that. We're family, and family lives forever!
Your strength, courage, and indefatigable tenacity has earned you an indelible place in the annals of history as a tough, indestructible, and heroic people.

And so, today, especially, I offer you a hearty oblation of gratitude and support. I love you, family.
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“June 19,1865 federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX, 2.5 years after the signing on the Emancipation Proclamation, to inform enslaved people that they were free. As we stand together in the fight for justice, we must embrace our history on this journey towards liberation.”
We are honored to be on the ground in Marshall, TX this morning to take part in their #JuneTeenth2021 parade.
@poweredxpeople @BetoORourke @PxPAmbassadors
“As we stand together in the fight for justice, we must embrace our history on this journey towards liberation.”

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Sharing a post we made last June.
How might racial injustice have anything to do with something as seemingly innocuous as paleontology? The study of fossils from the Charleston area began within 50 years of its founding as a plantation economy-based British colony. 🧵
Shortly after plantations were constructed, enslaved Africans began finding unusual items in the earth.
The first correctly identified vertebrate fossils from North America were dug up on the "Stono Plantation".
The plantation owners thought the teeth belonged to a giant that perished in Noah's flood; English botanist Mark Catesby, who was visiting, interviewed many of the enslaved Africans who had seen the teeth, & identified them as elephant teeth - which are very similar to mammoth 🦷
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This is the spot where #Juneteenth began.

“Commemorated annually on June 19th, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln Sep. 22, 1862, announced, …
… ‘that on the 1st day of January A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state…in rebellion against the U.S. shall be then, thenceforward and forever free.’ However, it would take the Civil War and passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to end …
… the brutal institution of African America slavery.

After the Civil War ended in April 1865 most slaves in Texas were still unaware of their freedom. This began to change when Union troops arrived in Galveston. …
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1. Some people are saying that #Juneteenth is just a symbol - low hanging fruit that doesn't address the very real problems on the table like police reform, voting rights, wealth inequality, etc. They are right, of course, but symbols aren't irrelevant to social change.
2. Systemic racism is reflected in generations of accepted thinking in this country - and while we fight for change and the fruits seem sometimes insignificant, there will be differences in the accepted social norms for the next generation, and so on. That matters.
3. The Confederate Flag is a symbol with a message that has been tacitly allowed for the sake of 'white history', as are the statues, as was even the racially debasing language I heard regularly growing up. We're seeing these social shifts play out.
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#JuneTeenth marks when Texas slave owners were forced to free enslaved people on June 19 1865. General Order 3 transmitted the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to Texas. A month after the end of the war, 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. They needed an extra order
Also slavery was still practiced in Kentucky & Delaware (Union states) until December 1865 with the ratification of the 13th amendment. Additionally General Order 3 still had to be enforced to ensure enslaved people were in fact being freed
It’s not my place to speak on the meaning or experience of Juneteenth but it is important to remember how many orders, proclamations, amendments, and armed enforcement was necessary to actually end slavery
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#Juneteenth is a commemoration holiday for #ThisDayInHistory in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure the emancipation of all enslaved people there.
Granger and his troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
#Juneteenth honors the effective end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. To learn more about the importance of Juneteenth, visit…
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1/ Happy #Juneteenth folks, it’s the day when Blacks in #Texas learned that they were free, June 19, 1865 in #Galveston.

But what does today mean?
2/ It’s the day when Blacks found out that the first Republican President had signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing them from the physical bondage of the Democrat Party.
3/ It was two years later, on July 4th 1867, that 150 of those same Black men met in Houston and established the Republican Party of Texas. @TheDemocrats, in response, established the Ku Klux Klan.
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Time for some shameless self-promotion! Check out my article in Civil War History! It focuses on events that occur after the army arrived in Texas, specifically the relationships between freedpeople and army officers during Reconstruction. /1
The last line in Gordon Granger's order on June 19, 1865, reads: "[Black people] are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” /2
Gathering around military posts had nothing to do with "idleness" or any of the tropes that federal officials assigned to Black people. Freedpeople moved near army posts to seek protection from white southerners. /3
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The Emancipation Proclamation is a crucial document, not least of all because it ensured the Union could win the American Civil War.

[A #JuneTeenth2021 Thread]
The American Civil War was not solely an "internal affair".

Throughout the early years of the war, Lincoln's administration feared intervention by the Europeans, notably the British.…
As Lincoln remarked in his first State of the Union: "[A nation] which endures factious domestic divisions is exposed to disrespect abroad, and one party, if not both is sure sooner or later to invoke foreign intervention.”…
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In 2001, France became the first Western nation to declare chattel enslavement a crime against humanity and they created a national day of memory for slavery and abolition. The catch? Reparations were taken *off* the table. I fear the same thing is happening now with #Juneteenth.
(I wrote about French commemorations of slavery and Black French visions of repair and redress in my first book — Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France..)
Twenty years after the “Taubira Law” that labeled slavery a crime against humanity and created an official day of memory and France is no closer to reparations or redress. In fact, the country has actually shifted dramatically toward right wing fascism and overt antiblackness..
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There are interesting parallels between the reaction of American conservatives to #Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday and the way West German conservatives despised the idea of celebrating May 8 as a “Day of Liberation” through much of the post-war period. Some thoughts: 1/
May 8, 1945 was, of course, the day Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. It is widely celebrated in many countries, including the U.S., where it is known as VE Day: Victory in Europe Day. 2/
It was celebrated in one of the two post-war Germanies: The German Democratic Republic, which was part of the Eastern Bloc and defined its identity in discontinuity with Prussian and Nazi history, and explicitly (though inadequately) as a society of anti-fascists. 3/
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1/ In June of 2020, some young folks asked me to join them in a march of solidarity w/ black people b/c we wanted to show them we cared about them and their causes. At that march, white supremacists showed up with all their flags and symbols to intimidate us.
2/ In 2020, my friend planned an event in East TN to try and join human beings together to spread love in a tumultuous time. They were railroaded by white supremacists and had to cancel the event. This year, that family left TN.
3/ This year, a basketball coach at an East TN college lost his job for supporting his players who advocated for black lives by kneeling at a game. 1/2 the team left afterwards b/c why would black players stay & play for TNans who didn’t care about their voices?
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#Juneteenth is complicated because to accept that this is a national day of liberation & freedom for Black people then you have to accept that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery and It Did Not.
“We are more than the lies they tell us about ourselves.” -kewhitehead
The EP only “ended” slavery within the Confederate States of America, a different country under the leadership of Jefferson Davis. Lincoln did Not end slavery within the Union, where he actually had the power to do so. Although the EP did Not end slavery, it did give a large 2/5
number of enslaved men and women the push they needed to free themselves (to head out when the Union army came through their city - go read “To Joy Our Freedom”)
Slavery did not end with the EP nor when Congress passed the 13th Amendment nor when the South surrendered 3/5
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“U.S. Household Net Worth Record $136.9 trillion.” White families hold 84% totaling $115 trillion. With over $29 trillion of that wealth liquid in form of stocks & cash. In 2008 White families had under $70 trillion & in 1990 they had just $22 trillion.…
Here is the new pie chart of wealth distribution by race I made from Fed Reserve data. Whites have $115 trillion & Blacks have about $6 trillion. But $4 trillion of that Black wealth is real estate or pension. 👀 And 75 percent is in the hands of the top 10% of Black families.
Does everyone understand that in 2008 Whites had below $70 trillion and in 1990 $22 trillion? During many of our adult lives they (primarily White boomers) have jumped to $115 trillion. You need large inheritance to undergird a high functioning American family.
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Many of yall are awaking to a day off for a holiday you never celebrated before.
I've celebrate #Juneteenth #JubileeDay my entire life. I love the parades that many major cities have, but we also had personal family traditions too. Here's my family's approach.
We start by hanging two Juneteenth flags. First, the official Juneteenth flag is red, white, and blue with 1 star burting through. Second the variations flag that comes in red, black, and green, colors that remind us of Africa.
We talk about the colors both flags represent.
The traditional flag has the colors of America, because we are American. This country is prosperous because of 400 years of unpaid or underpaid labor from our ancestors. We are as American as it gets, and our contributions are what made America the force that it is.
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