As America celebrates Juneteenth on Friday, some people have elected to oppose commemorating the formal end of slavery in the United States.
Friday is the 150th anniversary of “America’s second Independence Day” — and recognizes the federal prohibition on enslaving black people. For centuries, the country’s economy depended on forced labor from a class of worker deemed unworthy of monetary compensation because of the complexion of their skin.
The legacy of slavery in the United States is complex — and lasting. As we see in Ferguson, McKinney, and all over the country, state-sanctioned violence against black people still happens, regardless of what laws on the books against racial discrimination do or do not say.
The seemingly uncontroversial holiday honoring a ban on human enslavement has alarmed white supremacists, who took to Twitter Friday morning to express their grievances. Other people encountered ignorance about Juneteenth in person, and tweeted about their experiences.
Of course another 'bad white man' hashtag trending on twitter. #Juneteenth
— Smarg Jones (@SmargJones) June 19, 2015
— 💋Mouthy Gurl💋 (@mouthygurl) June 19, 2015
My mom doesn't want to go to the Juneteenth events with me cause she's a racist ass 😒😑
— Gabriella Elena 🌹 (@7GDomingo) June 16, 2015
I feel like its racist that the newsguy said "there'll be a lot of smoke at juneteenth, but don't worry it's good smoke, from bbq" 😒
— JES CRAVEN (@jescraven) June 10, 2015
Happy Juneteenth… Sucks that 150 years later there's still talk of a racially motivated war but..
We were freed nonetheless 😔
— Lahdee Dahdee (@Benji_DeVille) June 19, 2015
— Mickey Knox (@NATURALB0RN) June 19, 2015
— ☭ Red Hephzibah ☭ (@samunddrang) July 7, 2014