Biden signs a law that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday — but some remain unimpressed


Monopoly: How will Washington calm the contempt of the Black community when Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday when voting rights and police reform bills are at stake?

President Joe Biden The bill was officially signed on Thursday, making June 16 a federal holiday with the first black vice president of the United States at the White House East Room. Kamala Harris Standing beside him.

Despite this historic moment, the turmoil spills over as questions remain. How will both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue calm the black community’s contempt for the new Juneteenth Act when voting rights pass and police reform bills are at stake this year?

Actors and humanitarians Billy Porter Speaked exclusively to theGrio To convey his feelings about what the government is doing in the fight for voting rights.

Billy Porter, theGrio.com

Billy Porter will be attending the FX “Pose” red carpet event at the Pacific Design Center on August 9, 2019 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Rich Fury / Getty Images)

“As my mother and grandmother always said, people do exactly what they want to do. Believe it for the first time. This government is bullshit and has been around for a long time.” Pause Star said theGrioof April Ryan. “Bleep me if necessary. It’s crazy. I’m tired of sitting around here and talking quietly about it.

“I don’t understand why it’s still legal to do what these governments are doing to thwart our rights. Why is it still legal?” Porter asked. “”[Republicans] I want to roll back my voting rights. That’s what they want. “

Frustrated Billy Porter, emphasized by lawmakers’ inability to protect voting rights, has spilled over into criticism on June 16. Activists and authors on Instagram emergency Tamika Mallory She said she was “not impressed” with the new law, signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday afternoon.

Harlem natives are hosting a live Instagram event to explain the hypocrisy that the bill presents as the Senate remains stuck in the People’s Law and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, blasting the holiday declaration.

The additional conflict of recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday is aimed at the history behind the date. NAACP President, Leon RussellThe legislative premise is wrong, claiming that the official end of slavery was brought about by the enactment of the Thirteenth Amendment. He calls this moment “June 16th Miseducation.”

“Several officers went out to all Confederate states to announce the end of the war. In the rebellious states, they announced the end of slavery, but no one came to Maryland. Nobody went to Missouri. Nobody went to the 48 states that were west. [of] Virginia, “said Russell. “It didn’t happen until the constitution was amended. [with] Ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. “

NAACP Chairman of the Board, Leon W. Russell

NAACP President Leon W. Russell (L) will interview the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a press conference on May 17, 2018 in the Administration Building of Salt Lake City. , Utah. (Photo by George Frey / Getty Images)

NAACP officials will attend the signing ceremony of the bill, but said civil rights groups have set records through the release of an official statement on the accuracy of the end of slavery.

“Rather than recognizing the true date of the end of slavery, the authors of the current law have chosen to celebrate Texas’s only event as not,” the NAACP said in a statement. I will.

“The resolution aims to raise the date on which General Granger, on behalf of the Union Army, read Order No. 4 to carry out the Emancipation Proclamation Order in Galveston. In essence, the resolution was read at that time. We have taken a declaration that applies only to those who hear it and are trying to make it valid nationwide. This is a false history. “

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