Saturday, October 16, 2021

Play

Community college students in California are encouraged to examine their options; plus a Boeing 737 Max test pilot was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators.

Play

Environmentalists have high hopes for President Biden at an upcoming climate summit, a bipartisan panel cautions against court packing, and a Trump ally is held in contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena.

Play

A rebuttal is leveled over a broad-brush rural-schools story; Black residents in Alabama's Uniontown worry a promised wastewater fix may fizzle; cattle ranchers rally for fairness; and the worms are running in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Juneteenth Made Federal Holiday, But Room for Progress Remains

Play

Friday, June 18, 2021   

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Legislation declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday is now law, after President Joe Biden signed a ball Thursday approved by Congress.

Black Emancipation Day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. While that's historic, forces of oppression still are at work.

This year, multiple states approved bills that limit voting opportunities in Black communities and prohibit schools from teaching about the country's legacy of racism.

Kevin Matthews II, author, former financial advisor, and founder of a href="https://buildingbread.com" target="_blank">BuildingBread said in an interview with YES! Media making Juneteenth an official holiday is a nice gesture, but white supremacy still limits racial progress.

"Any time that people of color in this country have significant progress, there is almost always a swift reaction from those who are still in power or those who benefited from oppressing others," Matthews explained.

Momentum for the federal legislation followed the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year. Juneteenth was made an official public holiday in the state of New York last October.

Tim Wise, an anti-racism educator, also spoke with YES! Media. Wise is the author of "Dispatches from the Race War" and said his own family tree revealed slave owners, who handed down documents that showed their lack of compassion when writing about the buying and selling of slaves.

Tim Wise, author and anti-racism educator, also spoke with YES! Media. Wise wrote "White Like Me," and "Dispatches from the Race War." He said his own family tree revealed slave owners, who handed down documents that showed their lack of compassion when writing about the buying and selling of enslaved people.

"And I think we need to grapple with that, because we may not literally pass down human beings anymore, thank God, but we pass down the mentality that made the selling of human beings possible," Wise remarked.

A celebration of emancipation started in Galveston, Texas, after news that slaves had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln reached the community, two years after it was known in other parts of the country.

In the Southern Tier, Tompkins County has been celebrating Juneteenth this whole week. Friday at 6:00 p.m., "A Juneteenth Play" prepared by County Historian Carol Kammen and Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne depicts the events surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation.

McBean-Clairborne said she's in support of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday.

"To be able to acknowledge that people were enslaved in this country, to make it real to everyone, we need to give it as much value as we give to so many holidays in this country," McBean-Clairborne stated.

A link to the livestream can be found at tompkinscountyny.gov.


get more stories like this via email
As of 2021, medical aid in dying is an option for terminally ill adults in 10 states and Washington, D.C. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new survey shows most New Yorkers approve of medical aid-in-dying legislation, and advocates for end-of-life autonomy said it is …


Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans across religious traditions have come together as one voice this week to speak out against capital punishment. Dozens of …

Social Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Community college students in California are being encouraged to take a closer look at their education plans, to see if …


There are an estimated 42,000 farms in Arkansas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- New efforts are underway to help small-scale farms in Arkansas expand their business. The Food Conservancy, a northwest Arkansas …

Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A high percentage of rejected voter registrations in three of Ohio's biggest counties is raising some red flags. According to the …

Virginia's statewide election is Tues., Nov. 2, and polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

CORRECTION: The last day to request absentee ballots in Virginia is Fri., Oct. 22. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Oct…

Social Issues

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A special court panel is hosting public hearings this month, asking Minnesotans what new political maps should look like, and …

Social Issues

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas has some of the weakest gun laws in America, and gun-control advocates say the permissive attitude may be why a student …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021