June 18, 2020 · OPINION
Seeking “absolute equality” that our nation promises
By Kathy Kadilak
As I struggled with writing this letter, one thought kept haunting me: How can a white woman of privilege write about Juneteenth, continual racial oppression and inequality, and sustaining the momentum of the recent Black Lives Matters protests?
I felt like an alien invader into sacred space others (black people) have inhabited all of their lives.
I pushed forward not because I claim to understand their suffering. I don’t. Not because I have felt their pain. I haven’t. Not because I have ever feared for my life or my children’s lives when they walk out the door. I haven’t. Not because I’ve awoken in the morning to consider what insult or demeaning experience I might have today. I haven’t.
I write because my heart seizes anew with each report of another act of police brutality or murder of a black citizen. This is a tangible reality of the black experience in our society. I can no longer remain silent and hope somehow things will change, that others will see the light. No, not anymore. It is time to speak out and not stop speaking out until meaningful change occurs.
There are many proposals that hold promise – demilitarizing the police, regulating police operations to include properly vetting candidates, better training, banning brutal practices to including the infamous, often deadly chokehold, and requiring immediate disciplinary action when those rules are violated.
Our own policing organizations, as represented by Sheriff Mosier and Warrenton Police Chief Kochis, have both stepped up through written and verbal statements of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as attending the recent rally in Eva Walker Park. This is the type of action all policing organizations should start with while other, definitive measures are considered and implemented.
As individuals, we have an important role to play. We must think about and identify our own biases and change our behaviors. A good start is educating ourselves on the real history of black oppression in our society and globally. There are many lessons that we weren’t taught in school which can inform our recognition of the black struggle. One excellent local source is the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County.
We must cast votes for candidates who are committed to racial equality and addressing police brutality. We must agitate in whatever ways we can — whether through verbal and written contact with our Congressional representatives or in-person events — until change occurs.
Finally, this brings me to Juneteenth. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it is the day citizens of all races, and particularly black citizens, celebrate emancipation. Why? Because Juneteenth — June 19, 1865 — marks the date of the surrender of the last territory held by the Army of the Confederacy and the official end of slavery for the estimated quarter of a million enslaved people.
Here is an excerpt from that declaration: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” [Emphasis added.]
In reflecting on the reference to equality, I realize the truth that equality necessitates equal protection under the law. Can we pretend that blacks have ever been treated equally? Let us join in honoring black citizens and ourselves by ensuring we finally achieve the promise of “absolute equality” 155 years after the final emancipation act was proclaimed.
Jeffersonian American · July 25, 2020 at 10:53 am
CAL2 · June 26, 2020 at 9:25 pm
"American" "Patriot": "I want equality, too. Equality for Justine Damond. When will her vigil be?"
Oh, you missed it? They had several; THREE YEARS AGO, when she was killed. You sound like a broken record. Stop spamming this website with fallacies.
"The day after the killing, a vigil in Damond's honor was held at the site of her death... [Fox 9 News] Several days after the killing, hundreds marched to Beard's Plaisance Park in Minneapolis, in honor of Damond. [ABC News] A memorial service for Damond was held on 11 August 2017, on the shore of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. ... It was attended by Damond's family and fiancé, and about 1000 mourners. [Sydney Morning Herald]" wikipedia
Truepat · June 22, 2020 at 6:41 am
I have learned the best way to save my sanity, although I do enjoy reading some of the outrageous comments and misconceptions, is to 1. not give a platform to the idiotic rhetoric (I don't repost), 2. realize that the propaganda regardless who it comes from is to cause chaos 3. If you want real info on your candidate, go to their official site only 4. Listen to more music instead of soothsayers, and 5. for god's sake, VOTE in November. ......
BiggerPicture · June 20, 2020 at 10:10 am
Oh, my goodness! No wonder Linda Ward couldn't compete on the question of making "Juneteenth" a holiday in Virginia - she's been busy spewing out her ignorance here, on this topic. And I see she's getting pretty much the same reaction. Germany, Ms. Ward - Germany. Regular flights have resumed and I hope you're on the very next one, with a one way ticket.
Jeffersonian American · June 20, 2020 at 10:04 am
Weep No More, M'Lady- the only thing new under the sun is the history book you haven't yet read. Here is my very own little tale of inequality and injustice for today:
Because I understand, respect and revere the lessons of my American Patriot ancestors who sacrificed against all odds in our First American Secession from the British Crown with success; and because I understand and revere the legacy of those who sacrificed against all odds in our Second American Secession from an all-powerful, all-controlling, massive centralized State in Washington, D.C. which failed (where in fact we lost our original American republic of the founders at Appomattox and Durham Station, being replaced by Mr. Lincoln's Empire in 1865)- my American history and Confederate States of America heritage is now to be denied to me and some 70 million American descendants of Confederate Veterans by those who pretend to be purveyors of equality, world equity, world egalitarianism, multiculturalism and diversity here in Virginia and across America. They prove Orwell's warning that some cultures and history are more equal than others- so they destroy our historic monuments they hate and in fact, know nothing about the historic truths they represent. Our American history and that of the Confederate States of America- a sovereign country which existed for nearly four years- is to not only be denied, but all evidence of it destroyed. The Bolsheviks today who commit lawless destruction of our historic monuments spanning honorable black and white Confederate soldiers, and American founders and Patriots don't want to remember or learn- or even be reminded of the eloquent and heart-felt inscriptions etched into stone on those Confederate War Memorials or American Patriot statues. Those engraved words in granite and marble speak powerfully on their own merits without the need for modern "contextual plaques" added by 21st Century Revisionist Historians and Cultural Marxists. The acts of love and remembrance by the original Americans including blacks, whites, and former slaves and freemen, who painstakingly raised funds- often pennies, nickels and dimes- spanning many decades in their communities, and lovingly built and dedicated these beautiful monuments to those who sacrificed for our liberty and freedom and the rights of our States, placed in prominent public places of honor, squares and on Courthouse Greens across America, were for the purpose of education and remembrance that, "... to live on in the hearts they left behind is not to die."
By your actions and active support of those Antifa/Black Lives Matter groups and political parties actively engaged in the removal or destruction of our priceless and irreplaceable historic and cultural original American monuments, you are proving Orwell's warning of a future where some people and some cultures and some history are more equal than others.
Why do you and your Democrat Party seek to deny me my American and Confederate heritage of honor, valor and sacrifice (and not built on hate) because you don't like and are in fact threatened by the historic principles, lessons and even inclusiveness (of all blacks, whites, slaves and freemen who made those sacrifices for their native States and homelands) that those historic monuments actually represent.
You claim to represent multiculturalism, diversity, equality and social equity as you seek to deny me and all current American generations of our rich and diverse cultural, spiritual and political inheritance- a heritage of honor- such as that embodied in the statues of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Robert Edward Lee and others having nothing to do with the preservation of slavery (look up the 1861 Corwin Amendment, where the evil institution of slavery was tied to the Union itself- if the Southern states truly wanted to preserve slavery in the Spring of 1861, all they had to do was remain in the Federal Union). Look up the Crittenden Resolution to learn what the U.S. Congress stated Mr. Lincoln's War was about).
And therein lies the real evil and the real prejudice.
AmericanPatriot · June 19, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Linda, the worst racists in America are democrats
Like you. The bad part is that you don't even realize you are racists. But you are
Linda Ward · June 19, 2020 at 1:13 pm
nonewtaxes - You're reaching, even BLACK people call themselves BLACK.
You know what they say about assuming.
AmericanPatriot · June 19, 2020 at 8:34 am
Linda, I believe in God. Its democrats I don't believe in. Too much violence, depravity, racism, and degeneracy for me to take them seriously.
nonewtaxes · June 18, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Linda, you used the word black, you are racist. How do we know what color the pot or the kettle is? Why would you assume black? mY god woman get with the times!
Vegas odds makers say biden dribbles on himself over 75 times when debating trump. Biden will also claim that china invented the flu to save america and joe will send jr to china to consult.
DonkeyFarmer · June 18, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Linda you post an off topic Trump bashing about 10 times a day, why the need to label it now?
And Trump did not lose anything; Congress lost today. Don't you realize that today's ruling by the SCOTUS gives President Trump tremendous power? After all, Trump has a pen and a phone just like Obama.
Linda Ward · June 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm
AmericanPatriot - I'm an atheist so I have no idea where in the Bible the words "thou shalt not judge" are, and since you are good at judging others, it is hilarious to see you TRY and post anything of any worth here. Like you know anything about anything, pot calling the kettle black when you say other people are stupid.
Off topic: Trump lost another one in the Supreme Court! Now that's entertaining!
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Sonny, it also illustrates what a total and complete hoax this bat flu crap is.
AND, it proves without a doubt that its perfectly safe to vote in public.
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 5:51 pm
For a nation of supposedly Christians they sure have a problem with the "thou shalt not judge" part of the commandments.
These people are a trip. Hey jerry, heave you ever READ the 10 Commandments? Ever? Obviously not. Your version is about as valid as separation of church and state in the constitution, or only muzzleloaders are covered by the 2nd amendment.
Stupid goes a long way with the left, but it sure is entertaining!
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 5:47 pm
missb - are you going demanding justice for Floyd? The cop has been fired, charged and jailed.
Then comes a trial. Thats how justice works.
Or do you want to skip the trial and just go to the hanging?
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 5:44 pm
You could do an article with all the pictures of the white people shot by cops, but, A - you don't have room, and B - they don't matter.
Ask any of the blm racists.
nonewtaxes · June 18, 2020 at 5:04 pm
Well sister, you can identify as white and privileged and racist but don't transfer that identity onto the rest of us. I have yet had anyone explain how being white is a privilege. I guess I am racist because I do not accept that claim of privilege.
You give, as an example, the use of police force. Yet, you do not go into the data. I expect that the Floyd case, while tragic for the Floyd family and friends, is an extremely small example of police incidents involving arrests. I would expect it not to meet the requirements of statistical analysis.
You want to cast votes for equality yet you voted for a governor who dressed up in black face.
Juneteenth day? Never heard of it. Maybe we should celebrate the day the last Nazi concentration camp was liberated ending the systematic killing of more than 6,000,000 Jewish people. Let us celebrate the day that the last interment camp was close allowing US citizens of Japanese origin to go home again.
You want equal protection under the law but you support the BLM riots. Equal protection requires that the cops get a trial. To find them guilty without a trial is a lynching. That is what you support? You call that law?
You want "absolute equality". Are you 4 years old? There aint no such thing except for death. In that experience we are all equal.
DonkeyFarmer · June 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm
As if you need any more proof that the protests that started against police brutality have been hijacked by the left an the Democrat party; here comes Kathy Kadilak... a Democrat party operative that has been writing anti-Trump and anti-Republican party op-eds for years.
Hey Mr. Emerson, is Kathy on your payroll? You would think with the amount of op-eds you publish from her....
The Democrats have had full control of Minneapolis from the Mayor to the Police Chief to the D.A. of Minnesota to the Governor. Why haven't they fixed anything? Same in D.C. Same in Baltimore. Same in most cities with large black populations. Maybe they should start voting Republican if they want a change.
And Kathy, please direct me to where Sheriff Mosier and Cheif Kochis expressed support for the Black Lives Matter "movement," because if they have, we have a big problem. BLM is a racist and anti-semitic movement that has no place in our community.
MissB · June 18, 2020 at 2:42 pm
AmericanPatriot why are you calling for a vigil for Justine Damond? The officer in that incident was found guilty and was sent to jail. In her case justice was done. You call for equality. Well where was the justice for all those people of color killed by police and the incidents were swept under the rug.
Jerome Fields · June 18, 2020 at 2:01 pm
For a nation of supposedly Christians they sure have a problem with the "thou shalt not judge" part of the commandments.
Absolute equality is never going to happen. There will always be the haves and the have nots.
AmericanPatriot - No one is stopping you from organizing a vigil for Ms. Damond. It takes work but all you have to do is get off you behind, unless that's too much to ask for someone you seem to care about, or is it just a ruse?
Off topic: This was such a great definition of TDS that I had to post it:
"Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is the pathology of why trump supporters believe he is doing a great job and are desperate to have people say he is doing a great job when the factual evidence says otherwise."
AmericanPatriot · June 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm
I want equality, too. Equality for Justine Damond.
When will her vigil be?
Enter your email address above to begin receiving
news updates from FauquierNow.com via email.
Saturday, December 5
Fauquier infections total 1,633 since pandemic started, up 34 Saturday, health department reports
Friday, December 4
Local fire/rescue volunteers step up to conduct “Santa Runs” and online registries make donating easier
More Fauquier news
Friday, December 4
Record education farm harvest, substitute teacher pay, hundreds of turkeys donated and Boy Scout Christmas trees