"I love that Juneteenth isn’t a holiday celebrating the anniversary of Lincoln’s September 22, 1862 Emancipation Proclamation, but is a day that spotlights June 19, 1865, months after the end of the Civil War, when slavery’s end finally was enforced. The years of separation between those two events sums up the reality Black Americans have always lived with. That today, 156 years later we finally have a national holiday honest about this inequity is indeed a very big deal. It’s just the first step in solving our racism problem, but nothing is possible without first steps."
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