Juneteenth Free Fire Zone

Many of you probably know about Juneteenth. But perhaps, like your Curmudgeon, you knew about the American Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, but you never heard of Juneteenth before. Well, today we not only heard about it, but we learned that it’s a newly-declared federal holiday. We can’t let the occasion go by without calling attention to it.

Perhaps it’s by design (if you know what we mean) that there’s no creationism news today. That would have distracted our attention, but it didn’t happen. Well, there’s some news, but it’s not worth blogging about. Ol’ Hambo is raving about a creationist conference — see First-Ever Answers Mega Conference Brazil, July 2–3, 2021. The Discoveroids have never been as boring as they are these days. And elsewhere, creationism is just one more crazy belief, as respectable as believing in the flat Earth.

So with nothing else going on, Juneteeth certainly qualifies as the excuse for today’s Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Please use the comments for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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8 responses to “Juneteenth Free Fire Zone

  1. paul collier

    I get the significance of Juneteenth, but I wonder why Emancipation Day itself isn’t more significant & celebrated.

  2. @ Paul Collier: see Wikipedia article on Emancipation Day: a number of US states already mark a holiday with that name–but with different dates.

    @ Our Curmudgeon: the same article includes the timely reminder that the 13th Amendment was not ratified by the state of Mississippi until 2013!

  3. “I’m going to try connecting things that don’t at first seem related. They are the fight over a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection; the disproportional [sic] number of covid [sic] deaths in states run by Republican governors; this week’s [May 26] shooting massacre in San Jose, Calif., and every other one like it . . .

    “All have in common the political concept that God divided the world between the elected and the unelected, that is, between His chosen and everyone else deserving of eternal damnation.”

    https://stoehr.substack.com/p/what-do-the-january-6-commission

  4. Our Curmudgeon notes:

    perhaps, like your Curmudgeon, you knew about the American Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, but you never heard of Juneteenth before.

    Given that even empirical Science has become a battleground in the American Culture Wars, it is no surprise that History is also on the frontline of that insane conflict. Most folks have little exposure to either Science or History beyond what little is dished up in High School.

    Or, when it comes to History, the sort of dreadful pablum dished up by Disney.
    If anyone wants to understand why Trump’s 1776 Commission was so dreadful—and why it’s canning by the current administration is to be applauded—then you couldn’t do better than to suffer through this six and half minute summary of Disney’s America on Parade from the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976.

    It would almost be funny if there weren’t so many folks whose version of ‘history’ weren’t as selective, shallow, and flat-out fallacious as this!

  5. docbill1351

    I, too, never heard of Juneteenth until I moved to Houston over 20 years ago, and even then I thought it was a summer celebration of some kind. The Houston newspaper, the Chronicle, always ran a photo spread of parades, concerts, multicultural food festivals and celebrations in predominantly Black parts of the city.

    It was only 5-10 years ago (time flies when you’re a curmudgeon) that the Chron ran an article on the origin of the Juneteenth celebration in 1865 when General Gordon Granger read the proclamation on the Strand in Galveston. The city of Galveston is always up for a parade, and, in time, the center of the festivities moved to greater Houston, about an hour’s drive north.

    Although Juneteenth was declared a state holiday in the late 70’s, it was definitely low key; I never got a day off for Juneteenth!

  6. I heard of Juneteenth but I never heard of those other things.

  7. Manatee County Florida: admin building shuts down after 5 of the 6 workers in IT dept. with covid; 2 dead. The sixth was vaccinated and unaffected. Response: FL Lt. Gov goes on Fox to brag about beating the pandemic.

    “Viruses have rights!”
    –Republicans

  8. “Viruses have rights.”
    There is a serious question whether we should destroy the few remaining samples of smallpox virus.