On June 17, 2021 President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. The law made June 19th a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Juneteenth's commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaiming and enforcing freedom of enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery. The House version of the bill was sponsored by Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, and was co-sponsored by 166 members, two of whom are Republicans. It passed 415 to 14, with all the no votes coming from Republicans. It passed the Senate via unanimous consent.
Yes and No. Making it a federal holiday allows for everyone to celebrate what should be a black american owned holiday. Claiming to celebrate it for everyone is unfair, especially when many schools refuse to properly teach about Juneteenth and the struggles of black people through american history.
If people actually wanted to celebrate african americans then they would stop removing names such as Aunt Jemima, because it's "racist." Which is incorrect these people worked hard to create their product and americans who claim to support black lives are not doing their research, and they are stripping these historical people of their name and history. Which is wrong.
Why are we even asking this? Juneteenth is very important to many people. We have a day to celebrate our thanksgiving but we cant celebrate the freedom of the misunderstood and mistreated african americans? why is this even in a option? it should be a yes
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