Celebrating Juneteenth in Elaine reminds me why we must be willing to face uncomfortable truths

Happy Juneteenth.

A lot of Juneteenth celebrations kicked off a few days early this year including the one held in Elaine, in Phillips County, where I spent Saturday at their event in remembrance of June 19, 1865. The federal holiday is widely considered to be the day that black Americans in confederate states were finally and officially freed from slavery, but that’s not exactly accurate (more on that in a minute). 

I chose to celebrate Juneteenth in Elaine because of its own history of deadly racism: the Elaine Massacre of 1919 was, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, “by far the deadliest racial confrontation in Arkansas history” resulting in the murders of hundreds of black residents. Read more about that tragedy at the Encyclopedia of Arkansas website.

(Some folks still aren’t comfortable talking about the ugliest chapters of our past, but you know me — I believe we must talk about it and I don’t shy away from uncomfortable topics.)

For those who aren’t familiar with Juneteenth or why it’s a federal holiday, the short version is that some slave-owners in confederate states resisted President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation because they didn’t want to relinquish or free their slaves; records show that some slave owners moved all their “property” (including human beings) to south Texas to avoid enforcement of the new law. This was especially true around Galveston, Texas, where a rebellion continued and slavery was still being enforced via brutality and murder in 1865 — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

June 19, 1865, is the day that Major General Gordon Granger arrived with U.S. soldiers in Galveston to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and end the confederate rebellion in Texas. “It’s not that General Granger was giving information to the enslaved people. He was giving it to the masters” — at the barrel of a gun, wrote historian Gregory P. Downs, whose research is well-explained in this column by Forward.com editor Robin Washington.  

Yes, talking about slavery and all the horrible things in our past is uncomfortable. But there’s a good reason that everybody and their dog knows the phrase: “Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.”

There are lots of uncomfortable topics in our past — and plenty in our present, too. Topics like gun regulations that, if we don’t start having hard conversations, will allow more kids to be shot and killed at their schools; or like abortion that, if we don’t speak up and get involved, will allow extremists to further erode every woman’s right to make their own healthcare decisions.

Having hard conversations does not give me pause. Tackling really hard problems, surviving traumatic circumstances, making lemonade out of lemons — all second nature to me; if you’ve been getting my emails or reading my blog you’ll understand that.

If you believe our elected leaders in D.C. should be doing the hard things, having the uncomfortable conversations, working for solutions even when the only solutions require compromise, then consider supporting my campaign and other candidates’ who have proven themselves to be hard workers whose empathy and reason lead their decisions, not their party label (or some single person whose ethics and transparency are questionable-at-best). 

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With 10+ inches of rain falling in parts of the 1st District, lots of folks experienced flash flooding this morning — including a nursing home rendered uninhabitable in Yellville, where elderly residents are being rescued and relocated by community members even now. But these nursing home residents now need our help!

See the photos for info on items that are urgently needed, where to take them and how to reach some of the folks handling these aid and rescue efforts in the Harrison area.

*We don’t have additional info and are not affiliated with any of these folks, just sharing to try to get the word out about neighbors in urgent need of aid.

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Arkansas is better when we work together!

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We’ve got a serious healthcare workforce problem on our hands, and it’s hitting our rural counties the hardest. Despite the urgency, Congress has declined to act on any meaningful proposals to address the nation’s healthcare workforce crisis, and provider shortages are harming more Americans.

In the current Congress, nearly a dozen meaningful solutions have been proposed as bills, yet none have seen serious consideration or hearings let alone a vote. This is unacceptable.

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It will get worse, until lawmakers choose to pass solutions.

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