Friday, June 19, 2009

Statement on Juneteenth Celebration Should Reflect on Current Discussions Too

As someone who received his BA in history, I strongly believe that we should study our past because it can give a glimpse into how decisions are made in our country and the progress that we've made as a community. That is why I'm glad to see that the folks at the DNC are paying attention to our history and released a statement regarding Juneteenth.
Washington, DC—DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins issued the following statement commemorating Juneteenth:

“On this day in 1865, emancipation finally made it west, freeing the last slaves in Texas. So today, we commemorate the end of slavery in America and honor all those throughout our history who have fought for freedom, equality and justice by celebrating Juneteenth.

“As we take time to honor this occasion, we also stop to consider the remarkable path African Americans have forged, from slavery to the White House. With the first African American President of the United States, we usher in an era of endless opportunity. A new generation of Americans will be raised with no limits to their dreams – something their predecessors, who fought for equality as slaves in the fields of Texas and Freedom Riders in the streets of Alabama, may have never been able to imagine.

“But while we have come a long way, we still have further to go. We at the DNC join President Obama and the African American community in the fight to ensure equality in education, employment, and health care for all Americans.”
While we celebrate Juneteenth, I think it's important that some emphasis be place on the last sentence of their statement because all Americans truly do deserve to be treated equally. Our country has shown that we can correct our wrongs and that "separate but equal" status should not apply to any group of people. I hope the Obama Administration and the DNC remember this during discussions that are currently taking place surrounding the desire of the GLBT community to receive their basic civil rights.

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