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Celebrate Juneteenth!

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The celebration of emancipation is as vital today as ever. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The celebration of emancipation is as vital today as ever. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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It all goes back to texas, juneteenth starts really in 18 65 1 General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston texas with 2000 troops to basically take over this area that was held by the confederacy. And as part of that, he is going to let those persons who are still enslaved in texas during this time period. No, that slavery has ended obviously. This all comes down to june 19th 18 65. What happens that day in Galveston texas? What is read out and and who celebrates General Granger is the person who raised this proclamation. That says the people of texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and the rights of property between former masters and slaves. And the connection here to four existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. Mhm.
uh it is so important to me just because it's like, it's the day that I became like a person rather than a slave or like a number celebrating it. It's like celebrating your culture and your legacy and the things that your ancestors did to get you where you are today and know that you're going to do those things to get your, you know, your future kids and their kids and their kids to a better place than we are now. Just because slavery is technically, and it doesn't mean that everything's like happy and dandy and equal. And so it's like juneteenth is still so significant because of like the, I don't want to call them civil rights battles, but just because of the battles that we still face in the african american community, I don't believe that oppression is something that we should live under or be subjected to and so on a personal level. Um it's my, it's my human right to be able to, to live equally and thrive as equally amongst our brothers and sisters. For me, juneteenth celebrates my freedom in America. Uh fourth of july Independence Day does not celebrate my freedom in America, but juneteenth does. I am a native Texan and native houstonians. I've also already said I was born in Third War, raised in Third War Emancipation Park. So this date commemorates my freedom as an american name. Mhm.
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