The problem of Black America's partial, conditional, fractured citizenship

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by BA 76 Views - (Image/Twitter) On June 17, President Joe Biden made Juneteenth an official federal holiday following major bipartisan support in Congress. But recognizing the slow-to-come freedom of Black people in America with a day off work is not nearly enough to restore all that’s been stolen from Black people by America. The only way to make Black people — with their partial, conditional, fractured citizenship — whole is to return their dispossessed wealth and opportunity. The future of America, as an idea, is dependent not just on recognizing this country’s greatest sins, but also on repaying its greatest debts. And there are few past due balances larger than the one owed to the Black American descendants of enslaved Africans.