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Juneteenth isn’t just for African-Americans

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This past Friday, Juneteenth was celebrated in this country. A few states consider it a holiday, most do not.

June 19, 1865 is the day when the Civil War ended, and slaves were freed. This isn’t a day that should be celebrated just by African-Americans, all Americans should celebrate. This is the date that ended an ugly part of America’s history and declared that all people were truly free and equal.

I believe this should be a bigger holiday than Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Unfortunately, there are those who don’t think we should celebrate anything to do with African-Americans. Too often they judge by the color of someone’s skin instead of by the person’s heart. They don’t remember what the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

There is still racism today. In order to let prejudice go, we must love one another. And we need to remember that the color of someone’s skin was a gift from God. He chose it, not the person wearing it, so when you insult someone based on color, you insult God.

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My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose… Africa… but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race… in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.” – Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer 

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It’s time we recognize we are all children of God and equal in the eyes of the Lord, no matter our skin color. Not only did white people create this great country, but black people did as well. Their sweat and blood helped grow the South along with every other area of this country. African-Americans have created jobs for others, ran for office, and have done great things. And the only people who can’t see that are those who hate.

It’s time everyone in this country celebrate Juneteenth. It’s a date we should all be proud of. And it will show that we truly have love in our hearts for wanting others to be free.

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2 Comments

  1. Wanda says:

    Some people seem to forget our Declaration pf Independence which states (second paragraph, first sentence) “…that all men are created equal…” Folks need to be reminded (or advised) of that.

    1. So true, Wanda.

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