Two days ago, Joe Biden and the United States Congress officially made June 19 a federal holiday. They did this under the auspices of June 19, 1965, or “Juneteenth Day,” marking the end of slavery in the United States.
Not only was this inaccurate political pandering, but also cultural appropriation.
June 19, 1965, was when federal troops arrived in Texas to free the remaining slaves. This is a Texas-specific event that has been recognized there for some time. For a long time, people not from Texas weren’t even aware it was a thing.
September 22, 1862 was the day that President Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, and it went into effect on January 1, 1863 with the promise to free union slaves as soon as federal troops could reach them.
But slavery didn’t officially end until the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which freed all slaves in the United States (unless used as punishment for a crime). The ratification was announced on December 18, 1965. The final two states to free their slaves were actually Kentucky and Delaware (where Joe Biden is from, if you need a way to remember Delaware’s association with slavery).
So to steal this particular day of importance for Texas and give it to the entire country under the false premise that it marked the end of slavery in the United States is cultural appropriation against the people of Texas and wildly offensive to them. (If you’re following the rules of woke leftists across the country… which are admittedly as difficult for them to follow as anyone.)
All things considered, I’ll take my day off on December 18, please. (Unless, of course, they chose to ride with June 19 because there are already too many federal holidays around December.