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Juneteenth is for America - The Galveston County Daily News : Guest Columns

July 26, 2014

Juneteenth is for America

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:30 am

Understanding Juneteenth from the correct perspective creates an awareness that negates oppression. Lets face it, 246 years (1619 to 1865) of slavery created psychological problems for the oppressed and the oppressor that linger today.

When we think of this day as just a celebration marking the day when slaves in Texas heard the news of freedom, as some dictionaries define it, we lose the real value. Instead, when we see Juneteenth for what it is, a celebration of freedom, we expose ourselves to the racial problems that slavery created. Once we confront this reality, we can identify the problem areas in today’s society rooted in this period and overcome their negative aspects.

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