This week Congress passed and the President signed into law a bill makes June 19th (aka Juneteenth) a federal holiday. Forget that its 156 years too late. This is a move to recognize not just the injustice of slavery in America but also the significant contribution that African Americans have made to the democratic and economic development of our country. June 19th 1865 is the day when the last African American slaves in the United States were finally freed by the Union Army in Texas during the Civil War.
Since the Emancipation Proclamation, evil men have sought to rekindle slavery in America. It started with the compromised election of Harrison and end of Reconstruction, progressed through a host of Jim Crow laws, and even this week, 14 GOP representatives voted against this long due holiday but justice and equality always win in the long game. This is a small token but a step toward the promise that “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights….“
You may feel its time to forgive those who perpetuated slavery in America but we must NEVER FORGET and never again allow it to sully our shores in any form.