Today is June 19th, Juneteenth, and now Federally known as a national holiday.
What is Juneteenth? What’s the meaning behind Juneteenth? I’m not ashamed as a white person to ask because last year in 2020 was the first time I’ve ever heard of Juneteenth.
Here’s some information from Wikipedia about Juneteenth:
Juneteenth[b] (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day and historically known as Jubilee Day,Black Independence Day, and Emancipation Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating emancipation of enslavedAfrican Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African American culture.Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1866. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when PresidentJoe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas.
Juneteenth has become nationally known in the United States after the protests of racism and injustice after the public killing of George Floyd due to police brutality and wrongful use of police force. Even though injustices and police brutality has gone on for centuries it took the quieting during the covid-19 pandemic to truly see how bad police brutality is.
Today should be the day that white people are quiet and listening to Black and Brown people’s stories and their lives of injustices and listen to the history of Black people when they were finally free from slavery.
I’m sure many who read will get angry or upset and honestly those that do need to grow more and become less ignorant because millions of white people have so much privilege and opportunities than Black and Brown people do. There’s still so much to do to have equality for everyone where the color of skin is no longer a barrier.
Definitely take advantage today on social media and TV and learn about Juneteenth and if you’re able to go to a celebration join in and listen.