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Juneteenth

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For reasons that should be abundantly clear, there has been a fair amount of talk lately about Juneteenth. After doing some reading and watching some videos, I have been thinking for weeks about what I should post to commemorate the day. Here’s the conclusion I reached (with the help of Beloved). I should say nothing. It’s not my experience or my thoughts that matter.

Instead, I’m going to let some very smart people educate us all about the origins of Juneteenth. I wish a joyous Emancipation Day to all who celebrate, and I’m sorry I didn’t get it before.

“In the most remote corners of the Confederacy, news of slavery’s end did not come until more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865, General Order No. 3 was delivered to the people of Galveston, Texas, officially freeing the last enslaved people in the United States. [It is important to] celebrate the history and continued significance of Juneteenth.”

Now that you’ve got the broad strokes, I recommend you also give this 19-minute podcast a listen.

Today Explained by Google Podcasts

And there are some great additional resources to be found here.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

9 thoughts on “Juneteenth

  1. Thanks for this post –

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  2. Well…since history is being erased I guess this will be next.

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  3. Knowing my wife would be upset if I posted what I really think on this topic. So let me soften it some. My family had nothing to do with slaves. I live today not 150 years ago. If somebody commits a crime, regardless of their skin color they need to be in jail. I don’t see skin color, I see people. I have friends of many colors. Sorry but I am not going to celebrate anything based on skin color. Hal

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    • This celebration is about the emancipation of slaves who were all of one skin color. Being colorblind has its place, but in my opinion, this holiday is deserving of note BECAUSE it is about a particular ethnicity. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

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  4. As you might suspect, this celebration is HUGE in Texas because of the Galveston reveal. And then, there was Reconstruction. And then Jim Crow. And now, still racism. BUT YAY, now it takes on a NEW meaning during these days of BLM ❤

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