Juneteenth: A symbol of progress
June 19th 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti
June 19th, 1865, was the day the world turned around for the better. Juneteenth (June 19th) is a holiday to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the United States. According to the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, “Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible--and there is still so much more to do.”
Nobody could’ve said it better. It merely celebrates the fact that things are remotely better than they were 150 years ago. However, when he mentions that there is still a lot of fixing to do, it takes a reference to the current situation going on right now with the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The world thought it improved its racism, but it seems to have gotten worse. It’s heartbreaking to see what people have to go through everyday for having a different level of melanin (the pigment of the skin) than others. It would be helpful for the world to mature and grow up a bit and realize that “white superiority” doesn’t matter. Those opposed to the movement should try putting themselves in the shoes of a person of color and understand all the terrible things they go through daily. After all, “all men and women are created equal.”
On a side note, COVID-19 has also led to a decline in small businesses, especially black-owned ones. In honor of Juneteenth and the black lives matter movement, here is a list of some fantastic black-owned small businesses to support:
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