So white people cant celebrate Juneteenth??— Stanley Jackson (@Stanley61117114) June 20, 2023
And if he worked, they’d complain that he was ignoring the holiday.— John Thardell (@amrond00) June 20, 2023
Here’s the thing that maybe King didn’t think of. If Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery, it’s also a holiday in honor of the countless white Americans who spent their lives — and gave their lives — to make sure that that happened. That includes abolitionists who worked to eradicate slavery in the Northern states in the first decades of the United States. It includes the crusading newspaper editors and politicians who worked hard — if not always successfully — to keep slavery from spreading from its Southern roots into the states joining the Union. It includes the famous — like John Brown and Harriet Beecher Stowe — as well as the church congregations and clergymen who worked to end slavery long before President Abraham Lincoln put his signature on the Emancipation Proclamation or Reconstruction Republicans ratified the 13th Amendment. It includes, maybe most of all, the at least 360,000 (and possibly many more) overwhelmingly white soldiers who died in the Union Army over the course of the Civil War, giving, as Lincon put it, their “last full measure of devotion” to ensuring the Union cause prevailed and slavery in the United States was destroyed. There’s no question that the peculiar institution of slavery was a stain on the history of a country that was truly “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” But it was not an ineradicable one. And many, many white Americans did more to erase that stain than any race-baiting “squad” member in Congress or mob of Black Lives Matter rioters ever will or could. If Juneteenth was celebrated in that context, without endless, empty Democratic virtue-signaling, it just might pick up more support than another day off on the federal calendar. Maybe this tweet put it best:
Are they going to cover all the non-Christians that take time off for Christmas?— April Campbell (@SoNotMarfaTX) June 20, 2023
The funny thing is, given the wording “To Every US Citizen” and the fact that the writer appears to be an avid fan of the Manchester United soccer team in the United Kingdom, there’s a good chance it wasn’t even written by an American. Which just makes it all the better. Gayle King could take a lesson. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Happy Juneteenth To Every US Citizen.— Marva Longmore (@Undergrowth2) June 20, 2023