June next year | Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent
How are we going to get our nation’s Independence Day from July 4 to June 19? It was then that the news reached Galveston, Texas, in what was then on the edge of the reunited states, that slavery was officially a thing of the past. Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of June 19, 1865 – two months and 10 days after the end of the Civil War – when black slaves learned that you did not have to serve in bondage just because you were black. But vestiges of slavery still exist.
On July 4th we celebrate the birth of our nation, but the only independence was for white men. The “Founders” were only putting on paper (or parchment – whatever) the model of the broken promises of the Constitution.
On June 15, the black slaves were “freed”, but they were not really free. Systemic racism continues to this day, because fairness has not been allowed between races. We have exaggerated our prejudices in all kinds of benevolent language, but the fact remains that since the nation’s real start for everyone on June 19, the successors of the slaves have had to go through one blockade erected by white people after another. : segregation forces them away from overlapping fundamental rights: education, economic opportunities, even the right to vote (although this one is being reversed) and the safety of trigger-happy cops (well that videos recorded with modern technology expose it as an all too often tragic fantasy).
Nonetheless, as a country we have “come forward” to the point where goodwill white protesters join the people of color who are blurring our streets in shouting “Black lives matter!” “- which translates to” Enough is enough “- after too many murders by the police. It would seem obvious; Black lives matter. But the intolerant fools demonstrated the insidious misdirection of the rhetoric, being led into chants of “All lives matter!” or “Blue lives matter!” It would seem obvious too, but it’s actually a twisted way of subtly saying, in their minds at least, one thing and really meaning something else. Racism.
When Juneteenth became a federal holiday this year, it was a hasty afterthought. It finally happened the day before the holidays, after decades of campaigning, when the legislation was signed by a friendly president, with the unanimous support of Congress, even from the most hostile politicians.
You would think that, on the whole, black people would resent white privileges – and many do, but many don’t. And Juneteenth, finally recognized as a long overdue celebration, calls on everyone to make next year’s hype worthy of the attention it deserves. Right now, Fools have responded to the teaching of the importance of slavery to America by forbidding its discussion in class – in other words, by distorting history. They call any discussion a “critical race theory,” which sounds academic, but it’s actually just another resentment for FNC, a Fox News device.
It is fashionable to try to catch up by adding to the calendar: Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Pride Month. If you declared a national holiday for every oppressed group in forming what we are today, you would run out of days. But slavery is the biggest stain of all for this country, and its recognition is the raison d’être of Juneteenth. Now he is in a hurry in the summer time. We will not be moving the 4th of July Independence Day, but only by recognizing our true heritage can whites, blacks and all other types of awakened people be able to combine to become a true United States. .
Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington for over 20 years with CNN.
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