On June 19th Americans celebrated Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the anniversary of June 19th, 1865, and the end of slavery in the United States. Many believe Juneteenth is a celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, However, the document was actually signed in 1863. The real cause for celebration came two years later in Galveston, Texas when Union General Gordon Granger’s troops made it to the city and informed the population that slavery had finally been abolished, releasing hundreds of thousands of Black Americans from bondage.
We should reflect not only on how far we’ve come as a nation but also on the many challenges that Black Americans still face in this country; not the least of which is a massive racial wealth gap. We have watched this gap worsen for over fifty years, in large part owing to massive inequalities found within the U.S. tax code that continues to put Black Americans at an undeniable disadvantage. (Patriotic Millionaires June 16, 2021)
My comment: I think Epicurus would have said “ Amen” to this.