I’m not sure who wrote this headline, but they are very ignorant of history.

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth, marking end of slavery, a federal holiday

 

No, Juneteenth doesn’t mark the end of slavery in the United States. That would be the 13th Amendment, which was passed by Congress January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865.

Juneteenth marks the ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF GALVESTON, TX THAT THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION MADE THE SLAVES THERE FREE. It took place on June 19th, 1865.  The Emancipation Proclamation (September 22, 1862, taking effect January 1, 1863) only freed slaves in confederate rebel held areas. Any place that the Union already was in control of, such as Confederate States that the Union army had retaken and slaves states that had never left the Union, was not covered by the Emancipation Proclamation.

History is a thing. There are documents available that show what happened. But, apparently US history isn’t actually taught anymore. Or perhaps this is just another example of our biased media trying to push a particular narrative to cover for their favored political party members. I’m not sure which is actually worse.

 

I don’t have a problem with people celebrating Juneteenth if they want to. But portraying this as the end of slavery when it isn’t is wrong. And if you want to mark a date as a holiday for the end of slavery I think a good argument could be made for one of the other dates. My choice would be December 6, as that is the date that legal slavery of everyone actually ended in the US.