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Biden signs 'Juneteenth' bill, asks U.S. to reflect on slavery's 'terrible toll'

PoliticsJun 17, 2021 08:37PM ET
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By Trevor Hunnicutt and Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris signed a bill into law on Thursday to make June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans, as the White House pushes to address the country's historical injustices.

The bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after clearing the Senate unanimously, marks the day in 1865 when a Union general informed a group of enslaved people in Texas that they had been made free two years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War.

"Juneteenth marks both a long hard night of slavery subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come," Biden said. The day is a reminder of the "terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take."

European colonists first forcibly brought enslaved Africans by ship to the British colonies that became the United States in the 1600s; millions of people were legally owned there until the 13th Amendment passed in 1865.

"Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments...they embrace them," Biden told a room filled with about 80 members of Congress, community leaders and activists including 94-year-old Opal Lee, who campaigned for decades to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Vice President Harris reminded the White House guests that they were gathered in a "house built by enslaved people," and said the holiday would be an occasion to "reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to action."

Juneteenth will be the eleventh federally recognized holiday, and the first in nearly four decades, following one honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Federal employees will start taking the holiday off this year, observing it on Friday since Juneteenth falls on Saturday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said on Twitter.

SERIOUS INEQUALITY REMAINS

Biden and his fellow Democrats are under pressure to respond to a slew of Republican-backed state bills that civil rights activists say aim to suppress voting by minorities, and to meaningfully address the disproportionate killing of Black men by police.

Some Republicans are also pushing state bills that discourage history teachers from focusing on the U.S.'s history of slavery and racism.

Many Republicans backed the Juneteenth bill in Congress; several of the over a dozen who opposed it said declaring a "Juneteenth National Independence Day" would needlessly divide or confuse Americans.

While celebrities and federal officials cheered the holiday's creation, some questioned whether it would have real impact on the country's deep-seated issues.

"It's important to commemorate emancipation and to encourage everyday Americans to reckon with the history of slavery ... but there is always a danger with these sort of things so they can be performative," said Matthew Delmont, a professor of history at Dartmouth College who specializes in African-American history and civil rights.

Designating Juneteenth a federal holiday will be a "failure" if it just acknowledges the date without spurring action on issues such as police brutality, voting rights, and the racial wealth gap, Delmont said.

The law comes a year after the United States was rocked by protests against racism and policing following the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a Minneapolis police officer.

Biden said the administration has launched an "aggressive effort" to fight racial discrimination in housing, drive Black home ownership and offer resources to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

"The promise for equality is not going to be fulfilled until it becomes real in our schools, on our main streets and in our neighborhoods," he said.

Biden signs 'Juneteenth' bill, asks U.S. to reflect on slavery's 'terrible toll'
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 21, 2021 5:13PM ET
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I remember all the Civil War soldiers who died.
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Jun 20, 2021 1:32AM ET
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I am pretty sure the TVs & Pillows looted from the malls recently were not given back obviously coz reflection. I have videos lmao.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 20, 2021 1:32AM ET
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did you return all the towels you stolen from all those motels you stayed in?
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Jun 20, 2021 1:28AM ET
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I am pretty sure he means 'equality of outcome' & not 'equality of opportunity'. Keep on the cuckery & watch Chinese/Russians grow in competence.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 20, 2021 1:28AM ET
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"I am pretty sure he means 'equality of outcome' & not 'equality of opportunity'."  -- so are you still on that "Biden is a socialist" routine?  This is after the stock markets hit how many record highs in the last 5 months?
Investing Man
Investing Man Jun 19, 2021 7:37AM ET
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Step in the right direction, unlike the ones below are taking
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 19, 2021 1:37AM ET
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I had eggs for breakfast.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 19, 2021 1:37AM ET
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Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV.......did you pass that test?
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jun 18, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Wow the racism of Trump simps on full display. How weak.
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Jun 18, 2021 8:47AM ET
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The end of a liberal cuck is in the hands of the minorities.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 18, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Oh no, watch out, little benny used the work "simps". The *****of Austin strikes again
Ur Daddy
Ur Daddy Jun 18, 2021 1:24AM ET
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biden thinks an n day will get him more votes
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 18, 2021 1:24AM ET
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what's an "n day"?
American Truth
American Truth Jun 17, 2021 11:06PM ET
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So Mr Resident, what say you about yours sons racist texts using the"N" word?
Marco cuevas
Marco cuevas Jun 17, 2021 9:36PM ET
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What about wage slavery?
Christian Gustafson
Christian Gustafson Jun 17, 2021 9:30PM ET
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Biden is not POTUS.
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Jun 17, 2021 9:30PM ET
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crawl back to your time capsule...you ignorant Trumsky zombie.
David David
David9 Jun 17, 2021 8:37PM ET
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We really need to have a chinese day to celebrate the wonderful rejuvenation of the chinese people all over the world... chinese made the most contributions to mankind for the past 5000 years...
Investing Man
Investing Man Jun 17, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Lol. 4600 years of communist china nothing changed. The world was basically the same. Then america was born with capitalism and the entire world has never been the same.
David David
David9 Jun 17, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Go read Ray Dalio's the Chnaging World Order.... the past 5000 years of world history, China has spent most of that time at the top number 1. It was just that 100 years of humiliation that China has suffered and got behind on the hands of the colonialism. Now China is returning to the number one spot fast...
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 17, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Investing Man  "4600 years of communist china nothing changed."  -- China only became communist in 1949, so even if you got your math degree from Trump University I am pretty sure you can figure out that's less than 4600 years
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 17, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 17, 2021 8:37PM ET
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Tre Hsi  His post is still accurate. The USA, with its capitalism, free market, and industrial revolution, totally changed the world. We are the greatest, and we will continue to be. (unless mr biden and monster harris are allowed to continue their destruction of our country).
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Jun 17, 2021 8:34PM ET
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why does my reply get censored when I quote the original Text????
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Jun 17, 2021 8:33PM ET
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"..and to meaningfully address the disproportionate ****of Black men by police..".. funny.. when blacks commit crimes and ****disproportionately would you not expect a disproportionate ****of blacks by police??
Ur Daddy
Ur Daddy Jun 17, 2021 8:32PM ET
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who are the ones suffering today? look at the riots and lootings.
Mad Money
Mad Money Jun 17, 2021 7:32PM ET
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All these white supremacists whining in the comments lmao bunch of snowflakes
William Smith
William Smith Jun 17, 2021 7:15PM ET
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Biden thought he was signing National Ice Cream Day, as what flavor ice cream he ate today is the toughest question he gets asked each day by the American hating leftist media .
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 17, 2021 7:15PM ET
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Willy... well I see your having trouble understanding how high level diplomacy works. perhaps you should get some help figuring it out.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Jun 17, 2021 7:15PM ET
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"High Level Diplomacy". Bwaa Ha Ha! Funniest thing I've heard all day.
David David
David9 Jun 17, 2021 6:12PM ET
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Can chinese people also get a rejuvenation of the chinese people? Chinese suffered the 100 years of humiliation... now they are finally back...
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 17, 2021 6:12PM ET
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David what was done to China and the Chinese people by the colonial powers was brutal. But that is no excuse for the Chinese government to treat their citizens the west and their neighbors as the enemy. or to brush off international norms of acceptable behavior like building slave labor camps. or threating their neighbors over unreasonable claims of sovereignty, or refusing to abide by international law when it doesn't suit them. as far as governance the role of the state as guarantor of the people's welfare; which when China was a world power was followed. for China to be a true a leader again. filial piety to all its people is necessary, otherwise Chinese leadership is doomed.
David David
David9 Jun 17, 2021 6:12PM ET
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Braaahahaa...please give us your news source that you read... we need to find out and disect how you became this brainwashed... you just been to do a little research on YouTube and you can see the lies and propaganda the West and western media spin out.... if China is so bad, explain to me how they have erraticated poverty, 95% of their citizens approved of the government support by a Harvard report, why China has the most Muslim Mosque of all countries, etc... explain to me...
David David
David9 Jun 17, 2021 6:12PM ET
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Braaahahaa...please give us your news source that you read... we need to find out and disect how you became this brainwashed... you just been to do a little research on YouTube and you can see the lies and propaganda the West and western media spin out....
Investing Man
Investing Man Jun 17, 2021 6:12PM ET
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David David david its supported everywhere. Stop watching chinese state tv
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 17, 2021 6:12PM ET
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LOL, still trying that story?
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Jun 17, 2021 6:01PM ET
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I can't tell if the replies here are trolling or actually serious.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jun 17, 2021 4:55PM ET
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This isn't an actual thing.. Dem pandering! I think white folks deserve a day in recognition for our contributions.. We need pandered to!
David David
David9 Jun 17, 2021 4:55PM ET
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White cause enough troubles through history...
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 17, 2021 4:55PM ET
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DOGgy boy you need to get a grip. your race wasn't the one that was enslaved, abused and marginalized for 400 years. Do I denote a tinge of racism in your post.
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Jun 17, 2021 4:55PM ET
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Ad Cline they didnt post my comment because they are censoring the truth. Good luck ad with your history knowledge and your beliefs youll need it.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 17, 2021 4:55PM ET
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they don't censor "truth" or specific opinions on here. They just censor certain words. Try again with different words, or 'alternative spelling'.
James Andrews
James Andrews Jun 17, 2021 3:36PM ET
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They already have a whole month, now another holiday. When is straight white male month? When is our holiday?
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 17, 2021 3:36PM ET
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I know James, you poor thing your so abused. it's so unfair that we are giving so much to black folks. a people that white people used as chattel, enslaved, brutalized, and marginalized. But you know how superior white people are. there special. perhaps you can get some sympathy from an organizations like the k÷k+K. good luck.
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Jun 17, 2021 3:36PM ET
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Ad Cline you cant fight slavery with racism which is what he is alluding too. If we asked for a “white” anything holiday its racist, but they have black history month.
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 17, 2021 3:36PM ET
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Davis ..sounds like you've got a problem 2 with the definition of rascism. having a complaint about not having a "white" holidays is ridiculious. We don't, but if we did what would we be celebrating our "superiority" our ability to subjecgate the land and steal from and enslave indigenous peoples. every great accomplishment on this planet was about the accomplishment not race. this is not about being black its about America, its about not forgetting what was done to a whole race of people in America's name. the slavery the brutality; the marginalization of a whole group of Americans, they are as responsible for America's greatness, as any other group that worked to build America.
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey Jun 17, 2021 2:19PM ET
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So they gave themselves a free day off on a holiday that doesn't commemorate the actual event. got it
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 17, 2021 2:19PM ET
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is that all you got peteyboy I thought an upstanding white bot like you would have a lot more than that.
Brandon Son
Brandon Son Jun 17, 2021 1:29PM ET
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gotta keep racism in everyone's mind. leveraged for power
Aref Ranjbar
Aref Ranjbar Jun 17, 2021 12:14PM ET
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Slavery has not ended in US yet.
DJ Ryte
DJ Ryte Jun 17, 2021 12:14PM ET
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Vague term. Economic slavery and human hate of each other based on appearance continues
William Smith
William Smith Jun 17, 2021 12:14PM ET
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The government has enslaved every working man, woman amd child no matter their race.
 
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