Bill Nye, most commonly known as the far-left loony nicknamed the “science guy,” recently got taken to school due to a comment he made on Sunday claiming that slavery in America officially came to an end on Juneteenth.
Keep in mind that Nye has a degree in mechanical engineering, but has not done the kind of work and received the full breadth of education that has typically been required in order to be an actual scientist.
According to TheBlaze, “In an effort to commemorate the newest national holiday, Nye claimed on Twitter that America was ‘built’ on slave labor and that ‘the last’ slaves were freed on June 19, 1865.”
Yes, once again, we have the case of a liberal blabbering on his social media account about a subject he’s clearly not factually equipped to be speaking about, making an absolute fool of himself.
“The United States we know today was built with the labor of enslaved Black Americans,” Nye went on to write. “The last were not freed (officially) until 19 June 1865. Let us celebrate— and never forget.”
Nye then posted a picture of himself holding up a pocket Constitution — which he probably has never read — along with his Juneteenth message.
The United States we know today was built with the labor of enslaved Black Americans. The last were not freed (officially) until 19 June 1865. Let us celebrate— and never forget. pic.twitter.com/AtfgkoZ3FN
— Bill Nye (@BillNye) June 19, 2022
TheBlaze report stated that historians and Americans might go back and forth debating whether or not the U.S. was really built on the backs of slaves, however, the fact remains that the last enslaved Americans were not freed on Juneteenth as Nye claimed.
“In fact, the last American slaves were not officially freed until December 1865, when the 13th Amendment was ratified and officially proclaimed, thus ending slavery ‘except as a punishment for crime.’ An estimated 40,000–45,000 remaining slaves in two states — Kentucky and Delaware — were freed at that time,” the report said.
Some folks reading this might not even be aware of what Juneteenth is in the first place.
Well, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the state of Texas, which took place on June 19, 1865, which is six months before the country constitutionally outlawed slavery.
Here are a number of posts that helped educate Nye on the matter, via TheBlaze:
- “Bill Nye might be a science communicator, but hes a s*** historian The slaves freed at Galveston in June 1865 were freed under the Emancipation Proclamation It wasnt until the 13th amendment was ratified in December of 1865 that the last slaves were freed in KY and DE,” one person said.
- “This is not true. Juneteenth doesn’t commemorate the 13th Amendment. It commemorates news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching Texas. Two union states had slavery until December 1865,” another person said.
- “He’s as much of a historian as he is a scientist. And makes up just as much nonsense for both subjects. It’s almost amazing how wrong he constantly is,” one person mocked.
Here’s a quick trivia question for you. Can you name which state became the last to ratify the 13th Amendment, not doing so until the year 1995?
Surprisingly, the ratification for the amendment was not officially certified until 2013, which is almost 150 years after slavery came to an end.
You learn something new every day.