Thursday, June 19, 2008


First,to your question as to why are you at work in Virginia on this holiday?
The state of Virginia was not included under the Emancipation proclamation in 1863,neither did the Emancipation Proclamation legally free slaves or end slavery.That didn't happen until December 18Th,1865 upon ratification of the 13Th amendment to the Constitution.

Juneteeth is just another event in the long history of our country where promises were made to different groups of people and not kept. This history does not only effect the African American community but is also apart of the American Indians history.

So don't celebrate Juneteeth as a marker of deception ,but as a marker of progress on the long road to racial equality.Don't get me wrong, America still has aways to travel on that road to equality, but at least she is headed in the right direction.

Now as you listen to Michael Obama's comment of "For the first Time in my adult life I am proud of my country" you will have a better understanding of where a comment like that comes from,and what it truly means.It doesn't mean that I don't love my country.It means that time after time my country has lied to me,and it now looks that for the first time she just might be telling me the truth.


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