emancipation proclaimation

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of a US holiday called Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery. We’re doing a bunch of different things to celebrate, but we’re kicking off our Juneteenth posts with some facts about Juneteenth, brought to you by Kelly Starling Lyons, the author of Hope’s Gift (illustrated by Don Tate).

Not so honest Abe.

In light of my other post about the erasure of Dakota history I would also like to note the relevance of Dakota 38+2. The largest mass hanging in US history, which Lincoln signed off on and yet we never are taught about that.

It’s already been proven that the Emancipation Proclaimation was not primarily about abolition, rather a display of political pragmatism. There was so much more behind that history as well as other sentiments of anti Blackness at the time, but I will leave those stories for the Black community to reclaim.

Going back to the Dakota 38 it is important to recognize during this time of public criticism of dismantling confederate monuments. As a Maryland resident I read many articles, posts, comments that exclaimed “what’s next the Lincoln monument?” Which just shows the popular ignorance and the very issue of idolization that dismisses genocide and is immortalized by genocide tropes. (As was my reasoning when I began coining all symbolic genocide displays as #trophiesofconquest and further used #abolishgenocidetrophies in reference to any news about dismantlement of genocide monuments or name changes of landmarks from colonizer imposed names ). I was aware of the dynamic that it was more about glorifying genocide than true preservation of history. Had I been wrong then people would be rightfully educated about Lincoln’s role in the Dakota 38. People would have been taught about Dakota 38 as well Fort Snelling and other prison camps where thousands of Native people died. And people wouldn’t respond to me so apathetically when I inform them the reason I denounce the “Redskins” name aside from the fact it references bounty of Native scalps, was the fact the slur was used in news papers demonizing the Dakota 38 just before their execution. (Which u can find if u search my tags on changethename). Furthermore, the conversation around confederate statues furthered the notion that monuments are symbolic assertions of conquest and intimidation tactics, when articles began circulating confirmed that the statues had been mass produced during Jim Crow. They were meant to intimidate, and erase the histories of Indigenous ppls and POC.they were meant to cause ethnostress and act as an act of psychological warfare. To remind marginalized ppls that they are the “other” and to further ahistorical lies that the racist and colonizer’s “won” . And you see this rhetoric leveraged regularly by racist who spend their time romanticizing genocide to justify racism.

In conclusion if people want to Pearl clutch about historical revisionism then they should follow through with that sentiment all the way. Start with the genocide committed against Indigenous ppls. Stop pretending doctrines and foundations of patriotism rooted in colonialism, take precedence over Indigenous ppls humanity.

Even the vaunted Emancipation Proclamation failed to free a single slave. It only applied to rebel territory, and specifically exempted those parts of the South that were at the time (January 1863) occupied by federal armies. The president “has proclaimed emancipation only where he has notoriously no power to execute it, observed the New York World, while the London Spectator cynically noted that “the principle [embodied in the Emancipation Proclamation] is not that a human being cannot justly own another, but that he cannot own him unless he is loyal to the United States.” Indeed, federal troops who occupied Southern territory often enslaved the slaves for their own uses.
—  Thomas J. DiLorenzo “Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of Mercantilism” Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom, edited by John V. Denson, Ludwig Von Mises Institute, 2001. p. 229

im crying
my APUSH class has a huge Google doc to complete our semester exam review together
and under “Emancipation Proclamation” someone just wrote “A BIG EMANCIPATION WHICH WAS PROCLAIMED”