Emancipation Proclamation / National Holiday
Politicians are clamoring for your votes. It is an election year and it is time to make racism a focal point. So Juneteenth has come to the forefront of that racism discussion and a national holiday is being promoted.
What the politicians will not tell you... is that the freeing of slaves is already a paid federal holiday.
On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
Juneteenth is a product of the Emancipation Proclamation and therefore is a secondary celebration, not the main one. Cities and states who wish to celebrate it can. That is why we have freedom in the United States.
But there are media outlets that cast doubt on Lincoln's merits like Time:
There is a common misconception among Americans that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with a stroke of his pen. Yet the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863, did no such thing — or, at least, it didn't do a very good job of it. Two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, announced the end of the Civil War, and read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in the state. It's likely that none of them had any idea that they had actually been freed more than two years before. It was truly a day of mass emancipation. It has become known as Juneteenth.
Media forgets that without the Emancipation Proclamation to begin with there would have been no legal authority to free slaves anywhere in the United States including Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.
So yes, Lincoln made that possible. The proclamation created that legal road map. It is propaganda like Time's website that creates the misperception of American history and legal documents.
As the proclamation was made enforcable as of January 1, that is a national, federally paid, holiday being that the day is New Years.
Why are we being blackmailed into a new national holiday again?
To show black people politicians care when they do not care to clean up Detroit, Chicago or anywhere else black homicides are at record highs due to bad education, nonexistent employment, and societal neglect.
Sources: History 1, History 2, Federal Pay, Time