Juneteenth Did Not End American Slavery

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laprogressive.com - (Photo/Twitter) On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden established Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday. Signed into law a year after the brutal murder of George Floyd and the chorus of calls for a racial reckoning that followed, the Juneteenth holiday not only acknowledges the delayed fulfillment of equality for African Americans, but, according to President Biden, the nation's burgeoning commitment to restorative justice.Slavery continued after Juneteenth precisely because it is the 13th Amendment (not the Emancipation Proclamation) that abolished chattel slavery.Symbolic gestures can hold great significance. However, when these gestures center on historic events the circumstances motivating the act can sometimes obscure the complexities or even basic realities of our nation's past. Juneteenth is a case in point.

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