Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne was punished for doing the right thing back in 2006 when she interfered with a fellow police officer using a choke hold on a black suspect that was in handcuffs, her actions in 2020 would have saved the life of George Floyd, but in 2006 she saved the life of the suspect and lost her livelihood when Cariol Horne was fired for her interference losing her pension.
Now in 2020 Cariol Horne has been pushing for change with a new law, Cariol Horne’s Law, to help police officers that are doing the right thing, trying to make a difference and really trying to protect and serve while not being punished for it.
Here’s a portion of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900. The song was originally written as a poem. It was put to music now as we know it by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1905. #Juneteenth2019pic.twitter.com/e2y6J9hvlG
On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free -- 2.5 years AFTER President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. #Juneteenth#Juneteenth2019pic.twitter.com/UgLQwgFN5v
Continue reading Never Forget: Black Twitter Celebrates Juneteeth, Reminds White Folks 154 Years Ago Was Not Long Ago
Never Forget: Black Twitter Celebrates Juneteeth, Reminds White Folks 154 Years Ago Was Not Long Ago
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Juneteenth, the annual day that commemorates June 19th, 1865 when Union Army General, Gordon General declared to then slaves they were free from the balcony of the Ashton Villa in Galveston Texas. Today (June 19), Black Twitter is celebrating “Freedom Day” and reminding white folks that 154 years ago is not long ago.
Now more than ever, Juneteenth is necessary due in large part to the tangerine menace in the White House and the scary resurgence of White Nationalism that his hateful rhetoric incites. Freedom Day was celebrated by Black slaves, mainly in the south who learned they were freed by Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was initially issued in January 1863. Now if you are wondering why it took it so long for slaves in Texas to find out, that all had to do with the Civil War and at the time the state was a part of the Confederacy led by white people who just couldn’t fathom the idea of doing their own hard labor.
Slaves did not learn of the Emancipation Proclamation till two months later when the Union Army arrived in Galveston. At the time Lincoln’s decree was meaningless until the Civil War was over. Once word spread from Texas on that fateful June day back in 1865, Black people across the south started celebrating the day now known as Juneteenth in 1866.
Now while our ancestors wildest dreams of freedom have come to fruition, the United States of America still has a lot of work to do in regards to the treatment of Black people. There has been tremendous progress, but a good portion of white people don’t get it, there are monuments that celebrate oppressive Confederacy soldiers, the Confederate flag still flies in some southern states. Just recently Senator Mitch McConnell says he is against Black people getting reparations for being used as slaves and had the audacity to say that President Barack Obama being elected was some form of payment.
Yup, we still got a long way to go, but we should use this day every year to remind Caucasians that they do indeed have tremendous amounts of work to do when it comes to atoning for the sins of their forefathers. You can check out the gallery below to all the reactions to Juneteenth.
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10. James Baldwin on the Black Experience in America
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11. I Have a Dream Speech By Martin Luther King .Jr
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Honoring Juneteenth: 10 Youtube Videos To Binge Watch In Celebration
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As we approach another Juneteenth celebration, I’d like to lean on the 2016 words from our forever president, President Barack Obama.
Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light. Today, no matter our race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, we recommit ourselves to working to free modern-day slaves around the world and to honoring in our own time the efforts of those who fought so hard to steer our country truer to our highest ideals.
These words ring true and higher than ever after almost four years under Trump’s (not so great) America.
While many find themselves deterred, this November YOU have a choice to change the downturn of this country and the course of our history. To pump yourself up for the polls and honor Juneteenth, watch the moving speeches below.
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