Americans were asked which holiday is more important between Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. Some of the answers may be a bit shocking.
Before we began let’s break down a bit of history.
On July 4, 1776, the inception of America’s recognized Independence Day, Black people still remained in bondage.
The Declaration explained why the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule. With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. The declaration was signed by representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Nearly 100 years later, enslaved Black Americans were freed, leading to the creation of the Juneteenth holiday.
Imagine watching everyone else be free for 100 years 🤷🏽♀️.
The 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery in the United States in January of 1865, June 19th marked the date that the news of freedom arrived.
The 13th amendment states, Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Nevertheless, this didn’t abolish the opinions and racism towards Blacks.
There was/is still work to do.
Years later, 1890, African American families from Seattle and Tacoma gathered in Kent to celebrate, for the first time, the adoption of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which enfranchised people of color.
The 15th amendment States, The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
However, years later African Americans were still fighting for freedom against oppression and segregation.
Fast forward to 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s March—a demonstration about economic justice—held a Juneteenth celebration as a way to address poverty and freedom by examining the past.
Now double tap the fast forward to 2021, President Biden officiates Juneteenth as a Federal holiday equalizing the recognition with holidays such as the Fourth of July. This did not come without push back as Florida governor Brian Kemp blocked Juneteenth from being a paid Government holiday.
Which led us to find out, what do Americans really think about Juneteenth, and why had this been the longest drawn out federal holiday ever.
Daily Caller sent Madison Monroe Adams on the streets to get some feedback, and the responses are shocking. One lady says, ” You don’t hear the Jews saying, gimme, gimme, gimme.”
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