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, but in doing so, white federal workers had the day off but many black americans were at work that day. It should be standard that every single working black american gets the day PAID & OFF. Along with reparations.
I think celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation would be more worthwhile, either that or simply incorporating black citizens into the festivities at Independance day. We want to celebrate what we have in common, and as it has been used by the Democrats, they have gone out of their way to use it to separate black citizens off from other Americans. We shouldn't have one Independence day for one group and then another for everyone else. That's divisive.
No, make Emancipation Day a national holiday instead, and making public holidays such as Juneteenth federal holidays offers bias to one group over all others which is unconstitutional. No present-day Black Americans are slaves and all have been free for over 150 years, and do not deserve reparations any more than any other ethnicity in America. The actions of extremist groups in our country should not govern the stereotypes for all other Americans.
No, we have enough holidays. Meat prices are too high to keep having BBQ’s every month and no one has enough time to rotate their decorations every other week nor the room to keep investing in and storing more decor.
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