(Right Country) – This past Friday was Juneteenth, a holiday dedicated to celebrating the official end of slavery in the United States. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the holiday, here’s a quick rundown to get you in the know, courtesy of AL.com:
Juneteenth traces its origins back to Galveston, Texas where on June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major Gen. Gordon Granger landed in the city with news that the Civil War had ended and slaves were now free. The announcement came two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863 that freed slaves in Confederate states. However, since that proclamation was made during the Civil War, it was ignored by Confederate states and it wasn’t until the end of the war that the Executive Order was enforced in the South.
The day’s name is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” in honor of the date of Granger’s announcement and first appeared around 1903. It is also known as African American Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.
In San Francisco a group of about 400 people gathered Friday to celebrate the holiday and in their apparent zeal they determined that a statue of Union General Ulysses S. Grant was no longer worthy of standing despite his life’s dedication to fighting to free slaves. He cared about black lives before it was a trendy political movement.
Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. That’s three for three this night. pic.twitter.com/Lyw6bXeOTO
— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) June 20, 2020
— The Hill (@thehill) June 20, 2020
As Townhall points out:
Ulysses S. Grant singlehandedly won the Civil War on behalf of the Union. He helped reconstruct our nation so we were one unified country without slaves. He even went so far as to free his own slave, William Jones. This was at a time in history when a person’s wealth and possessions were gauged by how many slaves they owned.
Grant was also responsible for signing the Naturalization Act, which gave blacks citizenship and he created the Department of Justice to prosecute the KKK. He did great things to abolish slavery and yet his memory is being trashed.
There are still people who care about history and what Grant actually did for blacks. As Twitter user Boris Epshteyn concisely pointed out, “Tearing down the statue of General Ulysses S. Grant, who brought about Juneteenth by winning the Civil War, purportedly to celebrate Juneteenth says everything you need to know about the current climate.”
Tearing down the statue of General Ulysses S. Grant, who brought about Juneteenth by winning the Civil War, purportedly to celebrate Juneteenth says everything you need to know about the current climate.
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) June 20, 2020
Grant was BLM before it was chic. https://t.co/tVzFsUr9dP
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 20, 2020
Why topple a statue of Ulysses S. Grant? Here are his great offenses from the point of view of the Democratic Left 1. He destroyed slavery which had been supported by Democrats in the North and South 2. He shut down the Ku Klux Klan, the paramilitary wing of the Democratic Party pic.twitter.com/X8QgQwfRvY
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 20, 2020
The left is apparently incapable of doing basic internet research to find out exactly who the men are whose statues that are tearing down in blind rage. Not every single white man who has a statute was a rabid racist. As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for white men like Ulysses S. Grant slavery never would have come to an end.
Tearing down his statue in some kind of “celebration” of Juneteenth is absolutely absurd and backwards. The left just refuses to acknowledge that not all white people are racist.
It’s a downright shame to watch the left utterly destroy the history of America. Yes, slavery was a horrible institution and that’s exactly what prompted millions of white Americans to fight for the Union in the Civil War.