Cause for Jubilee?

Jubilee: a special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity.

Mary Chapin Carpenter singing Jubilee

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States celebrating the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved. Originating in Galveston, Texas, in 1866, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States.

Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops arrived at Galveston on June 19, 1865, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. … The term Juneteenth is a blend of the words June and nineteenth. The holiday has also been called Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day It is also known as Jubilee Day

I don’t have answers, just several questions.

  1. Does getting this new holiday make up for the failure to protect voting rights?
  2. Does a day off feel better than expecting the justice system to treat all of us the same?
  3. Does this example of Congressional bipartisanship mean more than Congressional bipartisanship on infrastructure or healthcare?
  4. Is this placation or a step in the right direction?

18 thoughts on “Cause for Jubilee?”

  1. “4.Is this placation or a step in the right direction?” Both. It’s a symbolic move that the Black community has been requesting for many years. Symbols are powerful. They help to cement a concept in the public mind and to give authenticity to a cultural phenomenon that might otherwise be hard to focus on. Juneteenth is a metaphor for hope springing from an injustice, just as Independence Day is a metaphor for our nation’s self-determination.

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