June 10th is an official vacation, so don't let 14 Republicans tarnish this second. Joe Biden doesn't
Biden on making Juniteenth a federal holiday: "I've only been president for several months, but I think this will count as one of the greatest honors I've received as president." pic.twitter.com/gX1V5lHxCZ
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 17, 2021
As Vice President Kamala Harris said, “So think about it. For more than two years the enslaved people of Texas were held in bondage. They were deliberately kept from their freedom for more than two years, for more than two years. And then, on that summer day 156 years ago, the enslaved people of Texas heard the news. They learned that they were free and demanded their freedom. It was indeed an important day. "
Lee told CBS DFW, prior to signing, that she has so many feelings, "they all gurgle in here". "I don't know what to call them all," she said. “I am very happy to know that we suddenly have a juneteenth. It's not a Texas thing or a black thing. It's an American thing. "
94-year-old community activist Opal Lee has campaigned for years to make Juneteenth a national holiday
I'm so glad she's finally seeing her hard work paying off offpic.twitter.com/gTkBuU9SJr
– Hello friend (@FolukeFiasco) June 15, 2021
Bernice King, activist and youngest child of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told CNN, before Biden signed the bill, that today is an "important time of reckoning." "A lot of black Americans don't feel involved in Independence Day because many of our ancestors weren't free," King said. She also stressed the importance of doing work to free the black community on all fronts, from housing discrimination to passing essential federal suffrage.
And when asked, King did something I didn't want: She mentioned the 14 Republican MPs in the House of Representatives who had voted against the bill passed unanimously in the Senate. King repeated her father's words: “A Persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragic against ourselves. On the one hand we proudly confess certain sublime and noble principles, on the other hand we unfortunately practice the exact opposite of these principles. "
The names of the 14 seated congressmen who actually voted against an end slavery law are:
Andy Biggs from Arizona; Mo Brooks of Alabama; Andrew Clyde from Georgia; Scott DesJarlais from Tennessee; Paul Gosar from Arizona; Ronny Jackson from Texas; Doug LaMalfa from California; Thomas Massie from Kentucky; Tom McClintock from California; Ralph Norman from South Carolina; Mike Rogers from Alabama; Matt Rosendale from Montana; Chip-Roy of Texas; and Tom Tiffany from Wisconsin.
Rosendale, Montana's only congressman, said:In a statement, KTVH received that the legislation is part of a "hard-left agenda to anchor the racial history of this country as the most important aspect of our national history". "You don't want to highlight all the good that this country has brought to the world – flight, our constitution, the defeat of communism and Nazism, the internet – but instead our racial sins," he continued. "America is good and efforts to occupy the country differently should be rejected."
America is good to whites, and efforts to transform the country into another shape – or rather, tell the truth – should be encouraged with the aim that one day America should be good for all people.
Members of the Black Caucus Congress sing the black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," after the House of Representatives signed the bill to make June a federal holiday
– Karine Jean-Pierre (@ KJP46) June 17, 2021
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