June 19 has become known as Juneteenth, an anniversary that we should all be observing. A proclamation read by General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, stated that all slaves were to be freed and have “an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property” with whites.
It was only 43 years later that all former Confederate states had legally excluded blacks from the political process and passed Jim Crow laws to segregate the black population from the whites. One hundred years after the proclamation, Dr. King was still fighting the “back of the bus” laws. Racial profiling is still being used today and the Confederate flag is still flown on the grounds of the South Carolina state house.
On the eve of this Juneteenth, in The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., a 21 year old white racial terrorist murdered 9 blacks attending a bible study meeting. He wanted segregation between whites and blacks.
June 19 shouldn’t be celebrated just for a proclamation freeing slaves, it should be celebrated as a day to mark the end of racism. Unfortunately that day is yet to come.
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