Are We Free This Juneteenth?

Jordan McGowan
3 min readJun 20, 2022

As I reflect on the current conditions of Afrikans inside of the empire I find myself stuck between bittersweet tears and fits of rage. I see the beauty in our People, I see the dope work they are doing all over the world in the name of Afrikan Liberation. But I also see that euro-kkkolonial violence has adapted and taken so many shapes in order to facilitate our genocide that in many ways it is often our own Afrikan People who are now accessories or complicit in our Peoples demise. It is hard to fathom at times how we continue to fight amongst ourselves while our People still struggling for freedom every day. It reminds me why it is so vital that we have an accurate understanding of the freedom promoted by the amerikkkan empire propaganda machine and counter their narrative with an Afrikan understanding of what freedom is.

Euro-kkkolonial ideology would argue the 13th Amendment freed Afrikans but we know that Afrikans were still in the chains of chattel slavery, leading us to Juneteenth. Juneteenth came about after Afrikans in Texas were informed that they had been “freed” 2 years prior. What must be understood is the language that was used to declare “freedom”: “between former masters and slaves m, and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor.” Remember the amerikkkan civil war was never to end slavery but an economic dispute between who would control power; the industrial north or the agricultural south. With the Union winning and reuniting the empire, slavery was reformed into the next stage of kkkapitalist development. Wage slavery replaced chattel slavery and to further control the newly “freed” Afrikans the 13th amendment’s exception clause permitted the physical recapture and enslavement of our People under Black codes and other racist laws, policies and practices. So when were we as a People ever free?

Since its origin, Juneteenth has been a long-standing tradition inside of this euro-kkkolonial land; a way of honoring “freedom day” but unfortunately that is historically inaccurate. Freedom is defined as “liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another”; so many point to the emancipation proclamation as giving us freedom but again Lincoln did not have jurisdiction over the succeeded southern states of the csa. The 13th amendment’s exception clause “mandates that all…

Jordan McGowan

Afrikan Griot — Music Lover — Former Athlete Turned Coach — Unapologetic — Political Scientist — Afrikan