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Friday, June 20, 2008

Juneteenth!


This is what happens when you're unemployed. You forget the date.

So here we are, a day late, extending our best wishes for a happy Juneteenth to all African-American and black people in the United States.

Miffed because we missed the downtown parade and the FOOD!!! that comes with it. All those cool Papas and Mamas doin' the street-vendor thing, good, greasy, hot, salty junk food.

OTOH, let's be honest. It's been in the 90s all damn week, and you'd need a refrigerated bodysuit and a bad case of insanity to want to go downtown and walk around on the hot asphalt.

Guess we can put up a cat pitcher:

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2 Comments:

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Queers United said...

what is special about this day for black people? forgive me for not knowing.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

From Wikipedia: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an official annual holiday in 29[1] states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation officially freed the slaves, in fact it was difficult to consider oneself free when surrounded by hostile natives. It was not until armed troops showed up in Texas to announce that slavery was officially ended that black people felt safe in asserting their freedom.

 

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