JUNETEENTH! Why is it a celebration?

Hello everyone! Today I'm writing about Juneteenth, this celebration dates back to 1865. On June 19th, the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas and the news spread that the Civil war had ended and that ALL slaves were now free.

I wanted to write about this because a lot  of us are ignorant to our history. It is ALL of our history because our ancestors played a role in the disgraceful act of slavery. Whether we are of European, African, or Aztect/Native. Each and every one of us now has privilege that people of color then and now do not have.

Our society has functioned in a strange way since thousands of years ago. The white skinned people (males primarily) were at the top of society, they made the rules about what was legal and illegal. They decided to transport African people to the America's to use them as a free labor force. Not only was their freedom taken away, but they were beaten, separated from their families, traumatized, and raped. These same people turned around and went to church on Sundays, the hypocrisy is self explained. Humans should be born free.

Yes we do not have slavery as legal any more, but the fight for equality and human freedom is still current Many of us are discriminated on a daily basis and white people still hold so much privilege. WHITE SKIN DOESN'T MEAN SHIT. I am a Mexican woman who a lot of times have white Latina privilege, I admit that. This is when accountability and compassion for others should be demonstrated. I've seen racism in many forms growing up. That is why we must recognize discrimination and let our actions combat it. Through many of our cultures we have normalized racism.

I would like yo remind you all that if you become involved in a situation when you can help someone of color against racism/injustice, please use your privilege and speak out.

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