Yes, Juneteenth is Important
by Alex Garrett
June 19th, 1865 is actually a very important day in the history of the United States. For all those that complain about how bad this country is, perhaps Federal recognition of the end of slavery can make them realize while we have flaws, America is truly beautiful!
America is the comeback kid in nearly every instance and ridding the land of slavery truly was a second Independence Day! What I find the craziest is that this day was never recognized before 2020 after the loss of George Floyd.
Why did it have to take tragedy to honor a great day in America? Why does it take tragedy to bring us together in what is supposed to be the United States of America ? I’ll always keep asking that question, considering the fact it took until 2021 for a President to make it a Federally recognized holiday.
Juneteenth is also pretty amazing in the sense of Texas. Yes a General in Texas decreed agreement with the Emancipation Proclamation which led the way to the 13th Amendment! Takes away the red neck narrative , doesn’t it?
According to the Times, Juneteenth became a national holiday and it’s the first national holiday declaration since MLK Day in the 1980s!
Juneteenth should not be a political football but a unifying force in America. It shouldn’t be a day where anti-cop protests pop up, it shouldn’t be a day where America-haters continue to say we are a bad country. It also shouldn’t be a day that those on the right are afraid of or try to tie to critical race theory. I understand many are calling for more action on the social justice front with this declaration , yet Juneteenth is a day that ended slavery and that’s how it should be honored!
I podcasted about this here! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45363277)
We should all rally behind the idea that slavery finally ended on that day , bottom line, End scene.