And this week has been A WEEK. These people are actually expecting me to WORK at my place of employment [no. I’m not sorry. You know what you signed up for]. I’m just kidding people who get these emails who ALSO work here. I am always on my job. ALWAYS. I EAT, SLEEP AND SH*T THIS JOB.

Did I… go too far?

Anyway. My point is that I’m busy. But I love you* and so I took the a break to “write” you a fun fact about how even though people pretend everything can’t POSSIBLY be about race in america it very much is. And really I ain’t write this fact either, but I’m passing it along like I did because it’s what I do. Along with praise. And also not sleep. And this next fact definitely sounds like a fact somebody found because they weren’t sleeping.

Do y’all know why Oklahoma is shaped like a pan?

WELL. Lemme tell you a story about Texas and ITS panhandle! The panhandle traces its origins as being part of New Spain [aka colonizing, ¡pero en español!] The Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 between Spain and the United States set the western boundary of this portion of the Louisiana Purchase at the 100th meridian. With Mexican independence in 1821, these lands became part of Mexico. With the formation of the Texas Republic, they became part of Texas. When Texas sought to enter the Union in 1845 as a slave state, federal law in the United States, based on the Missouri Compromise, prohibited slavery north of 36°30′ parallel north. And Texas said EFF THAT. WE KEEPIN’ OUR SLAVES. Y’ALL CAN HAVE THAT RAGGEDY PIECE OF LAND! And they surrendered its lands north of 36°30′ latitude.

The 170-mile strip of land, a “neutral strip”, was left with no state or territorial ownership from 1850 until 1890. It was officially called the “Public Land Strip” and was commonly referred to as “No Man’s Land.” The Compromise of 1850 also established the eastern boundary of New Mexico Territory at the 103rd meridian, thus setting the western boundary of the strip. The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854 set the southern border of Kansas Territory as the 37th parallel. This became the northern boundary of “No Man’s Land.” When Kansas joined the Union in 1861, the western part of Kansas Territory was assigned to the Colorado Territory but did not change the boundary of “No Man’s Land.”

After the Civil War, cattlemen moved in to the area and started organizing themselves into ranches and whatnot, but the land was still considered public domain because it hadn’t been surveyed. And because it hadn’t been surveyed, the land could not be officially settled. Settlers by the thousands flooded in screaming BOOMER SOONER to assert their “squatter’s rights” anyway. They surveyed their own land and by September 1886 had organized a self-governing and self-policing jurisdiction, which they named the Cimarron Territory and tried to attached the territory to Kansas. That clearly did not happen.

In 1889 the unassigned land were opened for settlement and The passing of the Organic Act in 1890 assigned the Public Land Strip  to the new Oklahoma Territory. The End.

So TL;DR – Race. Texas preferred to keep people enslaved rather than keep land. Which isn’t surprising when you consider that Juneteenth exist because Texas did not tell enslaved people they were free TWO FULL F*CKING YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

ALSO: Isn’t it funny how that strip of public domain was originally called Cimarron Territory most likely named after the Indigenous people who were most likely booted off that land to give to SETTLERS while they were shipped off to reservations of land that they mostly THEN took from them and or violated in the name of gold or oil or both? No?


*been a while my favorite song is BACK, baby! Also, can you believe this is a SEVEN MINUTE SONG?