Juneteenth. A new holiday in the United States will commemorate the end of slavery
The law was adopted shortly after the shock of the United States protests against racism and the policeAfter the killing of African-American George Floyd by a policeman in Minneapolis. Series, films and literature also contributed to drawing public attention to the problem of slavery.
During the debate, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke in front of a black-and-white photo of a man’s flogging back. She said the House of Representatives passed a law to make June 19 a federal holiday. He says it is “a commemoration of the end of slavery, America’s original sin” Reuters.
Juneteenth celebrates the day Gordon Granger ordered all slaves to be freed in Texas and in doing so carried out President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. General Gordon Granger signed the order on June 19, 1865, nearly three years after Lincoln’s decision to abolish slavery.
A new federal holiday in the United States. Fourteen Republicans Say No
Fourteen House Republicans voted against the bill. One of them, Matt Rosendell of Montana, citing BBC NewsHe said the law was only about “identity politics” and was an attempt by the left to establish a so-called critical theory of race that “governed the country’s ideology”. “Since I believe in treating everyone equally, regardless of race, and that we should focus on what we have in common and not on our differences, I will vote for them,” he said.
The June holiday will be the eleventh celebration to be recognized Federal authoritiesHe will join the list that includes Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, and honoring the deceased presidents and civil rights leader Martin Luther King.