Now that America will finally recognize Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, as a national holiday I am torn.
On one hand, I can feel the presence of my ancestors like Solomon and Celia Huff leaving the plantations of their slave masters in Tangipahoa Parish, La. in 1865 brimming with relief and pride, excited to experience true freedom for the first time.
And then I can look at myself in Houston in 2021, not truly experiencing equality in this country when it comes to things like voting rights, banking and my interactions with police officers.
On top of that, when people from my community attempt to educate the masses on the current plight of the African-American community, race relations and critical race theory, many on the political right strike down that conversation because it makes them feel guilty and uncomfortable.
Therefore, Americans should all truly learn about and celebrate Juneteenth (June 19).
But make no mistake about it, a federal holiday does nothing to truly teach people about why the holiday was needed in the first place.
Read the full article here: http://www.regalmag.com/juneteenth-nice-but-critical-race-theory-reparations-better-a-2476.html