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Posted on 06/19/2021 8:12:22 AM PDT by Noumenon
Selling Beer and Making Whoopee: A Note on Juneteenth
“The time has come in Dallas when the Juneteenth celebration has about gotten down to a contest over the question as to who will sell beer to the crowd. Unless it rises above this dirty place it should be stopped, for the celebration is a farce, a veritable nuisance which should be abated.”
Dallas Morning News (July 4, 1903)
I do not know who has the beer concession for our new Federal Juneteenth holiday; but have no doubt the celebration will be well supplied with “beer.” By “beer” I mean the gassy and intoxicating mumbo-jumbo of mystagogues, masochists and mountebanks, because the purpose of this new Federal holiday is to goose the market for their gassy and intoxicating wares. Henceforth, so long as the star-spangled banner yet waves, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave, the Juneteenth holiday will provide these glib grifters with an annual pretext to flood the country with a double dose of their weepy jeremiads, thundering indictments, counterfeit histories, and grimacing oogly boogly.
As those long-departed editors of the Dallas Morning News went on to say:
“The colored race is far from free of ‘grafters.’ There have always been among the negroes some individuals who may be called ‘professional negroes,’ who get their living by their influence with their kind, because of their smooth tongues and by questionable methods.”
These “professional negroes,” are now even more numerous, and the stiffness of their competition for market share is intensified by the many white “grafters” who also have mumbo jumbo to unload. Hence the need to annually goose the mumbo jumbo market with a festival of fervid falsehoods and fatuities.
I do not know who first thought to call Emancipation Day “Juneteenth,” but the word “Juneteenth” did not appear in Texas newspapers until the 1890s, a full thirty years after the Union army landed on Galveston Island and announced that the slaves were free. Some Texas Blacks began to celebrate Emancipation Day in the late 1860s, but they do not appear to have called their festivities “Juneteenth” until most of the emancipated slaves were dead.
Especially in the big cities like Dallas, Juneteenth was a day when beer (and “beer”) was sold to (and drunk by) a large and thirsty Black crowd. In Texas, Juneteenth was the big Saturday Night of the African-American year. As the Dallas Morning News reported on June 21, 1915,
“Emancipation day celebrators continued to come into the Emergency Hospital yesterday. The interns were a weary lot following the strenuous Saturday night.”
Fourteen years later, in 1929, the same newspaper reported:
“Whatever the serious import of the proclamation issued sixty-four years ago Wednesday in Galveston, which made the negroes of Texas ‘free American citizens,’ the day was [yesterday] remembered in Dallas as the occasion for ‘whoopee’ in the 1929 fashion.”
In the year 1929, Americans knew a thing or two about whoopee.
There were also, to be sure, solemn observances, stirring orations, and innocent frolics with family and friends, but the old Juneteenth was primarily an excuse to sell beer and make whoopee. On our new, official, compulsory Juneteenth, I expect there will be more “beer” than beer, and I don’t expect we will all get an equal share of whoopee
Now we need a holiday in March, April, and august. I always thought one a month would be fair.
Pretty much what Booker T. Washington said.
Making Whoopee? Two words that should NOT be used together. Think ‘the view”.
Now look what you’ve done. Gonna take a wire brush and a whole bar of Lava soap to get that one out of my mind.
We have more than enough race based holidays as is.
This is not needed, and appears to be pandering to one minority at expense of all others.
Everyone has a History to contemplate.
Far as I can tell, Lithuanians and Estonians are dramatically under-represented in the discussions of fairness!
Correct me if I’m wrong.
Juneteenth is the day where the grateful descendants of slaves commemorate those who freed them, right?
Sorry. Here. We’ll send you a couple gallons of eye bleach.
Black America disliked Father’s Day and Independence Day. So now we get Father’s Day overshadowed and “Juneteenth Independence Day” two weeks before the real one.
All in the middle of take it up the poop hole pride month.
<< I do not know who has the beer concession for our new Federal Juneteenth holiday >>
I’ll guess Colt 45.
Some things never change.
Now there’s a reminder in early summer of how evil and racist Whitey is and why he should willingly give up all his money and then lay down and die.
We already had 3. MLK day, black history month, and kwanzaa. There was too long a stretch between them. We might forget to put on our White Guilt face if we weren’t reminded every few months.
The next step will be reparations.
The left twists everything out of shape, they turn a holiday about freedom into advancing Marxism. So evil.
So basically, they are turning “Juneteenth” into another St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo. Nobody seems to recall the reasons behind these “holidays”, except maybe the beer distributors and bars.
Juneteenth was a picnic day of celebration.
Yet too many Americans treat Memorial Day as a picnic day.
From a food website, in case you were wondering what to eat to celebrate.
What Kind of Food Is Served on Juneteenth?
Today, soul food is associated with comfort food, ...... etc.
The Red Trinity—barbecue, watermelon and red soda—is at the heart of the meal..etc
Soda pop existed in 1865 Confederate Texas ?????????
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