Some of you are going to be mad at what I’m about to write, but that’s just how it is. It is directed at the day which has become more than a symbol of the legacy of the African in America (Black People). In most urban areas, June 19th aka Juneteenth, has taken on a celebratory date for Black People.
Wikipedia describes Juneteenth as follows:
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 31 of the United States.
Why are we so happy? What are we happy about? To make my point, the U.S. Senate just passed an official resolution apologizing for slavery yesterday (read here)? This act by the Senate compells me to believe that this country feels something is still incomplete with the integration of its Black Americans in society. Why else are they making the point on the eve of Juneteenth? Could it be that they’ve done it because we have a Black President?
Regardless of the Senate’s reasons, I still want to know why Black People by the millions are so jovial on this day. This is a day for mourning, reflection, and condemnation of slavery. Yet, we’re going to see people partying, selling bootleg goods, eating bad food, and not understanding what Juneteenth really symbolizes.
Juneteenth was the end of forced, illegal slavery not the freedom of Black People. I will argue that unleashing millions of Black Men, Women, and Childeren with no resources (uneducated, no land, no legal standing, etc.) was not freedom. It was a path to destruction. If America was just, it would have assisted the fomer slaves with a serious integration plan in order for those people to thrive in America. It did just the opposite.
The time is for Black People to take our history more serious and use it to empower each other. Juneteenth is not a day to celebrate, it is a dark memory and horrible marker in the legacy of the African in America.