President Biden on Thursday signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, turning the oldest celebration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. into the country’s newest national holiday.
“Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments … they embrace them. Great nations don’t walk away, they come to terms with the mistakes they’ve made. In remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger,” Biden said at a signing ceremony at the White House attended by Vice President Harris, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other lawmakers.
“The truth is, it’s simply not enough to commemorate Juneteenth. After all, the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans didn’t mark the end of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality, it only marked the beginning. To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we have to continue towards that promise because we have not gotten there yet,” the president added.
He said slavery continues to take a toll on the country.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 17, 2021
Everything is fake about this person!
Joe Biden didn’t even know what Juneteenth was in 2020.
He got his facts garbled, mistaking the day marking the emancipation of American slaves with what’s considered one of the worst massacres of African-Americans in US history.
“He’s going down to Texas on Juneteenth, right? The first major massacre, literally speaking, of ‘Black Wall Street,’ right? Years ago,” the gaffe-prone veep said, referring to President Trump during a roundtable with community members on how to reopen the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Biden didn't know what Juneteenth was in 2020.
"He’s going down to Texas on Juneteenth, right? The first major massacre … of the Black Wall Street, right?" pic.twitter.com/0DCR3tg1nf
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 18, 2021
The signing came after the Senate and House passed the legislation in lopsided votes on consecutive days to get it to Biden’s desk before this year’s Juneteenth, which is Saturday.
A portmanteau of June 19, the holiday marks the day in 1865 when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, emancipating the remaining enslaved people in the state. For enslaved Americans in Texas, freedom came two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Also known as Jubilee, Emancipation, or Freedom Day, June 19 has long been celebrated by Black communities across the country. Cities and states have also increasingly recognized the day; all but one state officially marks Juneteenth.
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