Remarkably The Senate Unanimously Makes Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Choosing to have a lazy day ๐Ÿ›Œ on my son’s last day of school ๐Ÿซ was a blessing in disguise. Just days before The African American Day of Emancipation ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿฝ ; remarkably The Senate unanimously makes Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The US Senate brought the argument of Juneteenth as a federal holiday ๐ŸŽ† to the floor for another vote ๐Ÿ—ณ. The bill was blocked ๐Ÿšซ by a Republican in 2020, citing it would cost taxpayers too much money ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝ. More on that later, but first

A Brief History of Juneteenth

**According to Wikipedia

President Abraham Lincoln‘s Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 had officially outlawed slavery in Texas and the other states that had rebelled against the Union almost two and a half years earlier. Enforcement of the Proclamation generally relied on the advance of Union troops.

Texas, as the most remote of the slave states, had seen an expansion of slavery, and had a low presence of Union troops as the American Civil War ended; thus enforcement there had been slow and inconsistent.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to slavery in the Confederate States, it was still legal and practiced in two Union border states (Delaware and Kentucky) until the end of 1865, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide in December.

Additionally, Indian Territories that had sided with the Confederacy, namely the Choctaw, were the last to release those enslaved, in 1866.

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Remarkably The Senate Unanimously Makes Juneteenth Federal Holiday Announced

Tonight while continuing my research ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ for this post, at 7:00 pm (June 15, 2021) CNN Politics announced the US Senate ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš–๏ธ unanimously passed a resolution establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

According to the article ๐Ÿ“ฐ

… The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States...

Legislation gained momentum since the Black Lives Matter protestslast year and the Democrats’ takeover of the White House and Congress…

โ€ฆThe measure needs to pass the House and be signed by President Joe Biden to become law...

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My Juneteenth Education

Born in DC, consider myself a native Washingtonian. At a year old ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ my family moved 1๏ธโƒฃ5๏ธโƒฃ minutes outside of the city ๐Ÿ™; the cost of living was cheaper ๐Ÿค‘.

As my parents made more money ๐Ÿ’ฐ, the further north into the suburbs we moved ๐Ÿšš. DC suburban schools were the highest ranking ๐Ÿฅ‡ in the country at the time. My parents felt it important I have the best education ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“ & exposure to diverse cultures ๐Ÿ•Š.

We now know US standardized testing ๐Ÿ“ skewed against African Americans, especially women ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝ! And black history was limited ๐Ÿ›‘ to iconic figures like Frederick Douglas, Harriett Tubman & Martin Luther King.

Slavery was glossed over during Civil War ๐Ÿ—ก lessons & Juneteeth was omitted ๐Ÿšซ altogether. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement โœŠ๐Ÿฝ focused the attention of African Americans on expanding freedom and integrating โ˜ฎ๏ธ. Observation of the Juneteeth holiday declined ๐Ÿ“‰ but was still celebrated in Texas

Having a scientific mind, I always need to know WHYโ“ This led me to a fascination with documentaries ๐ŸŽฅ in my early 20s. With all that knowledge at my fingertips, it wasn’t until recently I learned about this prolific day in my people’s history ๐Ÿคฏ.

A Conversation with My Caucasian Friend

Talking to my best friend the other day ๐Ÿ“ž we got on the topic of Juneteenth. She grew up in a Jewish household โœก๏ธ & expressed her outrage she never learned about Juneteenth. Or about the Chinese labor camps on US soil ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ during World War I (more info. HERE).

She went on to say it was just as disgusting as people that didn’t believe the Holocaust happened ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ. I chimed in with, “Many people in Germany only recently learned ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿซ the full extent of what they did during the war”.

I went on to say, “History was written by the victors”. ๐Ÿ† (Winston Churchill)

In my opinion, centuries of the most horrific savage brutality ๐Ÿคฌ in human history is too much for many white people to face ๐Ÿ˜ถ. Even in 2021 there are many, like the Holocaust, that don’t believe slavery happened ๐Ÿ‘ฟ.

To lighten the conversation ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ, told my friend about comedian ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ Neal Brennan’s joke in his Netflix special Three Mics ๐ŸŽค ๐ŸŽค ๐ŸŽค

My 2021 Juneteenth

To make up for all the years of missing out, Juneteenth 2021, I plan to blow it out ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ. Need to make sure my biracial son ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ learns about this important day while he’s young. Every day I hope he grows up in a more tolerant ๐Ÿค, peaceful ๐ŸŒป & loving world ๐ŸŒŽ.

With The Senate unanimously agreeing ๐Ÿ—ณ to make Juneteenth a federal holiday ๐ŸŽ‰ it seems the US may finally be heading in a positive direction for once ๐Ÿฅณ.

This year The Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C., will hold presentations ๐ŸŽฆ on the history & significance of Juneteenth and the stories that celebrate the wisdom of elders ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝ.

Have been dying ๐Ÿค— to visit the museum since creating a video from a virtual tour ๐Ÿ’ป I participated in earlier this year.

Smithsonian’s ๐Ÿ†“ event Juneteenth: A Celebration Of Resilience

Hope to see you there!

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