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Vernon Jones: Dems ‘Wanted Slavery,’ Republicans ‘Died To Free’ Them

What is Juneteenth all about? Here is a short summary of its origins.

In 1863, during the American Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. 

However, it was over 2 years before the news reached African Americans living in Texas. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that the state’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The former slaves immediately began to celebrate with prayer, feasting, song, and dance.

Juneteenth Independence Day is now a public holiday observed annually on June 19.

Former state Rep. Vernon Jones, a conservative Democrat who recently switched to the Republican party, is running for Congress in Georgia.

On Saturday he pointed out the Democrat’s historical support of slavery while recognizing that it was the Republicans who sacrificed their lives to end the institution.

In a video posted to Twitter, marking Juneteenth, Jones called on voters to “go out” to vote and “take back the country” in his congressional runoff this week, before highlighting the role of Democrats and Republicans in the history of slavery in the U.S.

“I had to pause for the cause because right now as we are about to celebrate Juneteenth,”

“I’m reminded that Juneteenth was brought about because of what Democrats did to black people, enslaving black people when it was Republicans that freed the black people,” he added.

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He also corrected the false narrative surrounding Democratic and Republican roles concerning slavery typically promoted on Juneteenth.

“And so, ironically, when they teach about Juneteenth, we don’t hear anything about [how] the Democrats were the ones who wanted slavery, and they tried to protect and secure and keep slavery,” he said.

“But it was Republicans who got out, fought, [and] died to free the slaves,” he added.

Arguing that liberals “don’t want — especially black people — to know that,”

“And so I just wanted to say as we celebrate Juneteenth, let’s think about the role — and let’s educate our kids about the role — that Republicans played to free the slaves and the role that Democrats played to keep the slaves enslaved,” he concluded.

I agree with Vernon as all history must be taught, the good or the bad.

This is how future generations will know what took place in the past so they can make sure not to repeat any of the same mistakes in the future.

I hope former President Trump’s endorsement helps take his candidacy across the finish line, to victory.

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