In a vast country like America, that becomes an amalgamation of different cultures, races, and ethnicity, it is crucial to ensure justice is served and outright equality is safeguarded. But history reminds itself that it’s not always the case, and Juneteenth, June 19th, becomes significant to mark the freedom of enslaved black people in the Us, which was formed in 1865. Although it might not be the most sought-after days in the American calendar, it garnered much attention over the recent years with even presently existing injustice that fell over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and countless others who didn’t make it till mainstream media publicity. The onset of The Black Lives Matter Movement essentially springs out of the liberty of African American people in the country which was ensured ever since their freedom.
President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that officially outlawed slavery in 1865, over the years were commemorated as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, and other titles.
It is celebrated in every state of the US, with the rejoice extending towards conglomerate companies like Spotify, Google, Twitter and Lyft acknowledging and adding the holiday to their calendars. Apart from these major gestures, locals take it to the streets to display their support and celebration by having rallies and hoisting placards to denote its significance.
In recent news, owners of the Latta Foundation in Huntersville, North Carolina promised an event highlighting the gruesome experiences of white slaveholders, which faced heavy backlash from the public for coinciding with the events of Juneteenth. This deeply racist move is told to be an elaborate plan to distort historical narratives and miseducate the public about slavery through manipulative efforts, according to MSNBC.
The plantation’s Facebook page was brimming with enraged and scathing reviews of dismayed individuals. Plantations turned tourist attractions have faced criticisms for depicting a rosy picture of the past even before.