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The beginner's guide to celebrating Juneteenth

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This shouldn’t be an international thing. Russia, Chiba, North Korea, Iran probably have their own similar events , so why impose this US one upon us so frequently ?

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This shouldn’t be an international thing. Russia, Chiba, North Korea, Iran probably have their own similar events , so why impose this US one upon us so frequently ?

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It's weird that this is being suggested as becoming more widely spread, because that particular episode of disgusting racism and degradation was very specific to the United States. I think it is very important to be discussed within the US, but I'm reading Japan Today.

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Negative NancyToday  10:35 am JST

It's weird that this is being suggested as becoming more widely spread, because that particular episode of disgusting racism and degradation was very specific to the United States. I think it is very important to be discussed within the US, but I'm reading Japan Today.

Black Americans being free from slavery is 'disgusting racism'?! How so?

Racism and slavery are worldwide phenomena and not isolated to the US. It can be found throughout Japanese history and today, just like in any other nation.

Japan enslaved and exploited Koreans and Chinese through forced labor and sexual slavery before and during WWII so it's a good reminder for people in Japan too.

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It seems to me that this celebration is an inclusive one for both blacks and whites. Not only were the slaves freed but white people did it, albeit some resisted and didn't like it. This was an important event in the history of the US, and everyone should take pride in it.

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My country abolished slavery in 1833. I don’t need a BBQ for it in 2024.

...it was on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at the end of the American Civil War. Although this date commemorates enslaved people learning of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation, this only applied to former Confederate states. There remained legally enslaved people in states that never seceded from the Union. These people did not gain their freedom until the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 6, 1865. [Wiki]

So this is actually an anti-confederacy political celebration; not a celebration of freedom for all slaves. 

“You know how at Christmas people will say ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other and not even know each other?" Freeman said. “You can get a ‘Merry Christmas’ from everybody. This is the same way.”

No. Now it's "Happy Holidays" crap in case other 'sensitive' people get upset.

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WandoraJune 19 11:49 pm JST

My country abolished slavery in 1833. I don’t need a BBQ for it in 2024.

So what was that going on in India for the next hundred years? Low paid trainee job programs?

...it was on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at the end of the American Civil War. Although this date commemorates enslaved people learning of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation, this only applied to former Confederate states. There remained legally enslaved people in states that never seceded from the Union. These people did not gain their freedom until the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 6, 1865. [Wiki]

So this is actually an anti-confederacy political celebration; not a celebration of freedom for all slaves. 

Nothing wrong with celebrating the end of a slaveholder regime.

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TokyoOldManJune 19 08:31 am JST

This shouldn’t be an international thing. Russia, Chiba, North Korea, Iran probably have their own similar events , so why impose this US one upon us so frequently ?

Disgusting totalitarian regimes have their own emancipation of minority holidays? Would be quite surprising. China has currently repressed minorities.

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Negative NancyJune 19 10:35 am JST

It's weird that this is being suggested as becoming more widely spread, because that particular episode of disgusting racism and degradation was very specific to the United States. I think it is very important to be discussed within the US, but I'm reading Japan Today.

That's why there were George Floyd movements in the UK and France, right? Because racism is all a US thing?

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That's why there were George Floyd movements in the UK and France, right? Because racism is all a US thing?

As much as that was a murderous act, they were liberals who found another bandwagon to jump on.

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