Speak Saturdays: Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth. I will be honest with you. I don’t recall learning about this holiday growing up. My first memory of hearing about Juneteenth is in grad school when I moved to Arkansas.

What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas were finally notified that they were officially free. Although ALL enslaved people in the U.S. weren’t officially granted their freedom until the 13th amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865. Juneteenth serves as a way for African Americans across the United States to collectively celebrate America’s Emancipation Day.

Juneteenth is a popular topic right now because it is now consider a federal holiday. This country is now acknowledging its importance. However, I have mixed feelings about it. Honestly it feels like another tactic to not address the real problems at hand.

Racism has been a problem in this country since forever. Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is not addressing the issues at hand. There is no anti crime bill. There is no defund the police measures in place. And now certain states won’t allow racism to be taught in class.

What are your thoughts on Juneteenth being a federal holiday? Comment below.

Happy Saturday!

Neikeita

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