Thurmond addresses Emancipation Day crowd

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Noting how the Emancipation Proclamation physically liberated slaves, Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond challenged his audience Friday not to let some issues keep them in a different kind of bondage.

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Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond speaks at Tabernacle Baptist Church during the Emancipation Day Celebration, which marks President Lincoln's signing of the order Jan. 1, 1863.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond speaks at Tabernacle Baptist Church during the Emancipation Day Celebration, which marks President Lincoln's signing of the order Jan. 1, 1863.

Speaking to a few hundred people at Tabernacle Baptist Church during an Emancipation Day Celebration, Mr. Thurmond said the order signed by President Lincoln was only the beginning.

"Some say, if you want this Emancipation Day to be special, recognize that (the) process that began on Jan. 1, 1863, is still ongoing today," he said at the event organized by the Augusta Lincoln League. "The physical chains have been broken, but I come to tell you that even though we are no longer legally in servitude, there are many of us who are still enslaved by fear this afternoon.

"There are many of us who are enslaved by self-doubt this afternoon. There are many of us enslaved by debt."

Mr. Thurmond, a Paine College graduate who has been labor commissioner since 1999, then warned of the dangers of trying to "keep up with the Joneses."

"One thing you should never do," he said, "is never allow your neighbor to spend your paycheck."

He challenged those attending to liberate themselves from things that might be holding them back and encouraged those facing tough times to stay strong.

"Don't give out, don't give in and don't give up," he said.

During the program, the Lincoln League recognized Glenn Hills High School Principal Wayne Frazier as Citizen of the Year for his work in education.

The Lincoln League is a public service organization that aims to support education by providing scholarships to post-secondary students.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

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smartie
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smartie 01/02/10 - 06:40 am
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thanks, commissioner. make

thanks, commissioner. make excuses for the lazy, uninspired non-working class.

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ICSunshine 01/02/10 - 07:18 am
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G'mornin, smartie. Ready for

G'mornin, smartie. Ready for another day of "it"?

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55 F-100 01/02/10 - 07:26 am
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And most importantly, don't

And most importantly, don't break a sweat.

smartie
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smartie 01/02/10 - 07:41 am
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always, sunshine. congrat's

always, sunshine. congrat's on the game last night. good to see the greatest college football player this dawg has ever seen (forgive me, herschel) go out that way. he's an awesome player, and an even better person. only people of our character could appreciate that. to the point, though. yes! i'm always ready to stand for what i believe. as the great George W. Bush once said, "the right thing to do, is not always the popular thing to do". i'm not going to get on here and "praise life", when that life is a loser thug. same here. why would the state labor commissioner gather with a group of lazy racist minorities, and throw excuses to them like it's feeding time at the zoo? call it what it is. if you don't want to work, fine, don't work. that's what welfare and entitlements are for.

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Lorraine 01/02/10 - 09:17 am
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Thanks Mr. Thurmond for such

Thanks Mr. Thurmond for such an inspiring and uplifting message. Not only do you talk the talk, but walk the walk which is evident by your character and unswerving committment to ensuring that Georgians are well-informed about labor laws and other relevant information that can enrich our lives. Godspeed to you in 2010 as you continue in your role as Georgia Labor Commissioner!

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Dixieland4 01/02/10 - 10:46 am
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I would be willing to bet

I would be willing to bet that 95% or more of the racist in that congregation have never even read the Emancipation Proclamation! If you have not read it, do so. You will find that it DID NOT FREE ONE SINGLE SLAVE! "...from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued. Why did it not free the slaves held in Northern States? Why did it not free slaves in certain portions of Southern States?

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Dixieland4 01/02/10 - 10:55 am
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It did not free one slave in

It did not free one slave in the South because the Southern States had already seceded from the Union and it did not free one slave in the North because that was not the intention of the Proclamation, hence the exceptions in the proclamation. The intention was a war measure to make the slaves think they were free and to rise up against the plantation owners. The only people on the plantations at that time were women, young boys and old men. By rising up, Abraham "Damn My Head Hurts" Lincoln was hoping the men fighting the war would return home to protect their families from the uprising and thus ending the war. The uprising never happened. Lincoln could not care less about the slaves. Do a search on Lincoln's quotes about slaves and slavery. You might actually learn the truth about this [filtered word] Lincoln.

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smartie 01/02/10 - 11:04 am
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dang! dixieland! sounds like

dang! dixieland! sounds like you did your homework. i'm in. i was just thinking this congregation was lazy. but, now, i think they must be ignorant, too!

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Dixieland4 01/02/10 - 11:05 am
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"(except the Parishes of St.

"(except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans)"...."(except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued." These areas were already under yankee occupation, so the proclamation was not needed as a war measure. All Lincoln was concerned about was preserving the Union, not freeing the slaves!!! Freeing the slaves was just a way of trying to preserve the Union. Again, do a search on Lincoln's views on slavery and the slave and about wanting to colonize them in Liberia.

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smartie 01/02/10 - 12:22 pm
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easy, dixieland. their's some

easy, dixieland. their's some people that find the truth offensive. i hope this thurmond dude's message got through to this congregation. while the print sounds logical enough, somehow, once their brain digests it, it usually turns into whiteys fault.

smartie
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smartie 01/02/10 - 02:29 pm
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what a pathetic loser to

what a pathetic loser to remove my kind words on this subject. i try to stimulate a healthy discussion, and what happens? some loser gets their feelings hurt and wants to report me as a violation of the stupid comments policy.

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confederate american 01/02/10 - 04:37 pm
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people need to read the whole

people need to read the whole emancipation it didn't free slaves in a whole lot of states and if you read history of lincoln you will find he planned to send the slaves to liberia.i know this is hard for some of you since you are government schooled but it is documented in the archives.

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confederate american 01/02/10 - 04:39 pm
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also lincoln thought that the

also lincoln thought that the emancipation would make the slaves revolt in the south,guess what they didn't.

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deekster 01/02/10 - 05:48 pm
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The EP did not end slavery,

The EP did not end slavery, it only enlarged "the plantation" to include all peoples in the United States. Everyone lost freedom as usual when the federal government tries to fix a problem. Then we had to have "civil rights" and everyone lost personal freedom. Every time the federal government involves itself in the lives of private citizens we lose freedom. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death". Two wrongs don't make one right.

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deekster 01/02/10 - 05:50 pm
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Slaves have been used since

Slaves have been used since the dawn of time to acquire wealth and maintain power. The federal government was and is the largest slave owner in N. America.

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corgimom 01/02/10 - 10:15 pm
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"Then we had to have "civil

"Then we had to have "civil rights" and everyone lost personal freedom." I personally didn't lose one iota of personal freedom when the civil rights laws took effect. The terrible discrimination that minorities suffered before that was just plain wrong. I just don't understand how anyone could think that segregation is morally right. My personal freedom is just fine, thank you.

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johnsdad 01/02/10 - 10:37 pm
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Who cares, instead of

Who cares, instead of addressing, he needs to be leading them out of the entitlement desert---oh right, that's where they want the ignorant, govn't subsidized masses to stay!!!!! Do it Thurm, they are still too stupid to know they are still on the plantation and it is Washington DC!

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