atlantic slave trade

Juneteenth was not an act, it was a message

A message that was delivered 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

This is a story about freedom, but it's also a story about how tyrants control information. While many slaves may have heard about the Emancipation Proclamation through the grapevine, it was just one of many rumors that circulated and was soon forgotten. It was only at the conclusion of the war when Union occupational forces landed in Texas that the slaves were presented proof of their liberation. But even with 1,800 Union troops backing the occupation, it took time for Texas' slaves to be freed:

Commission to study reparations for Slavery on the move in U.S. House

And it's a long time coming:

With the support of a string of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, the idea of reparations for African-Americans is gaining traction among Democrats on Capitol Hill, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi backs the establishment of a commission that would develop proposals and a “national apology” to repair the lingering effects of slavery.

Nearly 60 House Democrats, including Representative Jerrold Nadler, the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, support legislation to create the commission, which has been stalled in the House for 30 years.

I read the bill last night and noticed a couple of depressing aspects, which combined together severely undercuts the potential of this Commission. First, they're only budgeting $12 million for its entire operation, which would barely scratch the surface of what needs to be researched. And then there's the timeline. One year to make their report to Congress, and then the Commission will be dissolved shortly after. And considering the Commission will also be studying the years that followed the end of slavery (critically important), that budget low-ball is even worse:

Subscribe to RSS - atlantic slave trade