She has been roiling about it since the news dropped on Thursday: Juneteenth is now a federal holiday.
“So white people get a day off? White people are gonna be throwing Juneteenth barbecues now?” she steams over and over, to me in our apartment, on the phone, on social media. “When we were kids the cops used to bust up the Juneteenth parties. White people didn’t even know about it. They just called the cops on us.”
She’s right, of course. I support her, agree with her, but don’t know how to meet her in her rage.
“White people need to spend Juneteenth in an all-day anti-Racist seminar. Let this be Juneteenth for us, and Juneteenth Awareness Day for the rest of America.”
I want to stand up and applaud her at that. She is brilliant and wise and crackling with power. She is witnessing the days leading up to…
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