Happy Juneteenth: The Fight For Black Liberation Continues

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States

Happy Juneteenth my beautiful lovely brothers and sisters.

Last year I wrote a piece detailing the history of Juneteenth and how it became known as African-American’s so-called “Independence Day.” For those of you who are interested in learning that history told by your favorite ghetto historian, just hit the link below.

Happy Juneteenth

Instead of running through the history of Juneteenth, or dragging Trump’s lame ass for saying he’s the reason people know about Juneteenth 🤦🏾‍♂️ I wanted to leave you guys with a quick word as we continue to press on through the bullshit.

The Fight For Black Liberation Continues

I know it’s tough to celebrate freedom right now… Especially when it seems as if we’re anything but free… But don’t let the evils of the world overshadow the importance of today.

As we gather to celebrate life, family, and friendship on this important day, I’d like to remind us all of one word… Resilience.

Resilience is what kept our ancestors alive during the horrors of the middle passage. Where they witnessed countless men and women, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, lose their lives due to disease, starvation, infection, and a whole list of other bull shit that came with that gruesome theft.

Resilience is what gave our ancestors strength underneath the sins of chattel slavery. A time when even little baby boys and girls were born into a cycle of physical and psychological torture.

Resilience is what gave our ancestors hope after this country failed to maintain its promise known as the Special Field Order Number 15.

Resilience is what created the Blues, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rock & Roll.

Resilience is what fueled Marcus Garvey to lead an entire generation, and awaken thousands of African minds all over the world.

Resilience is what fueled Malcolm X to be unapologetically Black in the face of unchecked White Supremacy.

Resilience is what fueled Angela Davis after the State tried to frame & execute her for standing up for Black people all over the world.

Resilience is what fueled the Black Panther Party to say fuck the police state, and move to organize themselves to protect their own neighborhood from the crooked ass police.

Resilience is what got us here bruh…

I know this sounds hella corny, but we’ve come too far to lose hope now. Whenever you feel the weight of the good fight coming down on your shoulders, remember the resilience of our ancestors. Remember the fight they had to endure to get us to where we are today. Remember that, like our ancestors, we’re carrying this weight now so that hopefully the next generation wont have to…

Aṣẹ

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Junteenth
    I’m so glad I saw your post in my feed (and went back to read the one from last year). At 23 years of age I have to confess, it’s only this week that I found out about Junteenth (credits to the woke school of Twitter). Your post from last year was incredibly useful so thank you for that!
    You’re right, there is still so much left to do in order to achieve racial equality and abolish slavery for good, so much systematic dismantling and rebuilding left to do, but it’s always nice to consider how much has been achieved and more importantly, appreciate those who came before us in this fight for justice. I am South Asian and British so speaking from a very different context and life experience to you but I wholly agree with your point about resilience. Especially in the face of fascism and daily ignorance when it gets tiring having to always explain yourself and fight so hard even for the tiniest bit of justice. It is important to stop and think about the small achievements so as to stay motivated and committed to the cause, especially with the protests right now. If we don’t remind ourselves of the greater cause, it is easy to give up and allow things to return to how they have always been.

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  2. Msdedeng says:

    And to this, may I kindly recommend “And Still I Rise” by Dr. Maya Angelou. The poem will replenish your spirit, I promise!

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