In 2019, Juneteenth was honored and acknowledged as an official holiday in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rightfully so, though far too late. Read up on it, White friends, if you're not up on your history. Spoiler alert: Two years after slavery was officially ended, the Union army finally got around to actually telling the people of Texas that, um, it was time to stop owning humans and that slaves were now free, American citizens.
Check out what the Juneteenth flag, pictured above, means--it's filled with symbolism that you need to learn about. Click on it to get to Clipart-library.com and download your own copy for free.
The Assistant Secretary of State, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, just stepped down in protest because her boss's actions in response to racial tensions "cut sharply against [her] core convictions and values." Good for her, for honoring herself and the American people she represents.
Cities are, at long last, taking seriously the collective calls by protesters to rethink, reimagine and improve the way policing is carried out on the streets of our communities. Learn about what's happening in Minneapolis and what's already been in place in Camden, NJ.
The Supreme Court of the United States decided this week to protect our Dreamers and LGBTQ friends and neighbors rather than turn America's back on them.
White people everywhere (not all, but a lot more of us than ever before) are looking inward, allowing ourselves to get uncomfortable, listening and shutting up for a change, trying to figure out how to do better. This story from Vox questions whether it'll lead to any action, but at least conversations are happening now more openly.
Corporations are even joining the fight to dismantle white supremacy by instilling new policies around race, hiring, inclusion, and education. Have you seen what McKinsey Corp. has put out? A revolution is truly under way.
I hate to speak too soon, but dare I ask: Is this sense hope I'm feeling about the future of this country what patriotism feels like?
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