June 19, 2020

IT CAN REPLACE COLUMBUS DAY:

It's Time for All of America To Celebrate Juneteenth (Barrett Holmes Pitner, Jun. 19, 2020, dAILY bEAST)

For far too long Juneteenth, marking the official end of slavery in America, has remained a niche holiday within the Black community. Now it must turn into a national holiday that all Americans should embrace.

Following George Floyd's murder, Americans have stood up and declared that they can no longer tolerate the American status quo that devalues Black lives. Americans of all walks of life have supported defunding the police, and forcefully removed statues and monuments celebrating Confederates, slave owners and colonizers who terrorized indigenous people. Americans have occupied the streets chanting Black Lives Matter and shouting down white supremacy. 

But for this revolutionary movement to last, we must erect monuments and elevate holidays that champion these ideals, and Juneteenth is part of this journey. 

We should obviously celebrate our greatest achievement as a people,

Posted by at June 19, 2020 7:08 AM

  

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