Monday, June 19, 2006

Happy Juneteenth Day

Today is Juneteenth Day, a day to celebrate in the African-American community in Milwaukee and elsewhere. It marks the date when slaves in Galveston, Texas finally got the word of their emancipation, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation setting them free.

News traveled slowly in those days.

Some would say it still hasn't reached some people in Milwaukee. Renee Crawford on segregating the lakefront.

And if you're wondering who's going to be most affected by County Exec Scott Walker's plan for widespread pool closings in Milwaukee, see Sunday's photo from Washington Park.


At 4:46 PM, Blogger Jim Rowen said...

If Green and the GOP has their way, voter ID will roll back voting rights.

This from the party of Lincoln.

As Jeff Wagner is fond of saying on his misnamed Department of Justice program: "Shame."

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Dailytakes said...

Why does requiring people of all races to prove they are who they say they are when they vote 'roll back' voting rights.

Thanks though, Jim, for recognizing that the Republican Party, founded right here in Wisconsin, was the party that freed the slaves.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

Lincoln would not recognize today's GOP. It is a far cry from what he envisioned.

On voting rights, ask yourself: What would Lincoln do? -- Not what he might have done in 1865, but what he would do today.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Dailytakes said...

Nice try, Bill. I love it when people who disagree with the GOP try to claim it's history for themselves.

We are the party of Lincoln. The party of liberty. The party that was created to free the slaves. The party that freed the slaves and the party that doesn't play 'group identity politics' but believes that liberty has been granted by the Creator and is guaranteed to all men and women.

Our push for fair elections is consistent with that.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

All men and women who can produce a photo ID on demand.

"Fair" elections indeed.

If you can decide who to exclude from voting, and keep Democrats away from the polls, I'd hardly call that fair.

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

Tut, tut, tut. If you can steal an election with fraud and corrupt means, I'd hardly call that fair either.


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