The Asheville event is far from the only Juneteenth event that was marred by violence. A shooting during a celebration Sunday in Willowbrook, Illinois, left at least 20 people wounded and one person dead. “It was chaotic. Chaos, pure chaos,” said witness Nayetta Reed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Reed said she had helped break up at least two fights among teenage girls before the shooting but did not think the shooting was related to those events. It has happened in the past as well. Last year’s Juneteenth event in Washington was beset with violence and led to the death of a 15-year-old boy. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day Army Gen. Gordon Granger pronounced the slaves in Texas to be free at the end of the Civil War. For years, black Americans have celebrated that day as the “end of slavery,” even though slavery was not exactly a dead letter on that particular date. The actual date of the end of slavery came Dec. 6, 1865, when the last two states that had legal slavery — Delaware and Kentucky — ended the practice. That was when the 13th Amendment was ratified, officially ending slavery across the nation. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
A 16-year-old, whose name is not being released, is facing two counts of Felonious Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. https://t.co/EzGlAEyTP4— FOX Carolina News (@foxcarolinanews) June 18, 2023