Happy Juneteenth, Gentle Readers all.
A hundred and forty years ago yesterday, a man could assault, torture and even kill another man with impunity, as long as the fellow he killed was sufficiently dark-skinned, and as long as the light-skinned fellow paid for the privilege beforehand. And a hundred and forty years ago today, that was no longer the law in this country. Although this is a matter of some pride, it is and should be also a matter of some shame.
The US Constitution is a living and changing document, thank the Lord. And may I add in a paraphrase: If the Lord wills that racial suspicion and hostility in this country continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the gun, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” Actually, we’ve been lucky.
chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek,