Why we celebrate juneteenth


Juneteenth, which is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth,” in honor of the day that Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas.

A holiday celebrated on June 19 that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Across the country, the day is marked with events and parades.

A Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, in 1900. On June 19, 1865, nearly two hundred thousand enslaved people were emancipated in the state.

By the time word of freedom had drifted west to Texas, it was old news elsewhere. On June 19, 1865, the nearly two hundred thousand men, women, and children enslaved in Texas learned of their emancipation, two and a half years after Lincoln had issued the proclamation terminating slavery in states rebelling against the union.

The institution of slavery was essentially an open-air prison, and proved remarkably successful, at least in this instance, at the kind of information control that exploitation relies on.

Juneteenth, the annual celebration marking the day that this postponed freedom arrived in Texas, occupies a strange niche in American culture, isolated as a black tradition, as if the currents of slavery and its death did not shape the direction of the nation in its entirety.

On this Juneteenth, we have received the ambivalent blessing of clarity. We recognize the historic demise of an institution that justified the separating of parent from child in Texas only to see that phenomenon occur in a different time, under different circumstances, but with a similar trauma inflicted on children.

The central value of history is to serve as inoculation against the stupidity, ignorance, and cruelties of the past. Yet the rearguard implications of Trumpism have been apparent since the day in June, 2015, when he rode down the escalator in Trump Tower and announced his Presidential campaign.

It should not be forgotten that most of the children who are now being detained at the border are either from Mexico or sought to enter the United States through that country. They “are not sending their best people,” Trump said in that announcement, as he accused Mexicans of being criminals and rapists.

 He has repeated that charge in recent months and, on Monday, in defense of his Administration’s actions, tweeted that “children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has accused families who arrive at the border of “smuggling” children into the country, making no distinction between a child’s parents and human traffickers. 

Trump rules out Demilitarized Zone for Kim Jong

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday ruled out the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula as a venue for his upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un.

Trump, who had previously named the DMZ and Singapore as possible sites for the landmark meeting, told reporters at the White House the time and place would be announced “within three days.”

Asked if the meeting would be held in the DMZ, as Trump had suggested last week, he said it would not be.

Trump has said that the date and venue for the summit have now been set, but cautioned that the arrangements were still being worked out.

Everything can be scuttled,” he said, when asked if the summit plans could yet be derailed.
He said a  lot of good things can happen, a lot of bad things can happen
 I believe that both sides will negotiate a deal. I think it’s going to be a very successful deal. I think we have a shot at making it successful. But lots of things could happen.

Trump uses phrase that haunted Bush

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On Saturday, Trump tweeted: “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished.

But the war dragged on for many years after that and the banner became a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly conflict. Bush was heavily criticized for the move.

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the “Mission Accomplished” phrase referred to the carrier’s crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq.

Bush, in October 2003, disavowed any connection with the “Mission Accomplished” message. He said the White House had nothing to do with the banner; a spokesman later said the ship’s crew asked for the sign and the White House staff had it made by a private vendor.

Said former White House press secretary Dana Perino in 2008: “We have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner.”

The Pentagon backed Trump’s assertion in his tweet Saturday, with chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White saying: “We met our objectives. We hit the sites, the heart of the chemical weapons program. So it was mission accomplished.”

She added, “What happens next depends on what the Assad regime decides to do.”

Ari Fleischer, who was White House press secretary at the time of the aircraft carrier speech, tweeted Saturday: I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words.

coachella 2018 events

The Weeknd and Eminem are the main attractions at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival, now underway at Indio’s Empire Polo Club April 13-15 and again April 20-22.

Stacked with rappers, DJs and R&B singers, the bill for this year’s Coachella — widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious music festival — represents the culmination of a slow creep for the hugely lucrative event, which made its name  bringing bands like Tool, the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to a picturesque desert expanse about two hours east of Los Angeles.

In recent years the show has looked beyond those alternative-rock roots, pulling in Top 40-friendly acts such as Drake and Calvin Harris. But it always put one or two guitar-clutching types atop the bill: Jack White and AC/DC in 2015, for example, and the reunited Guns N’ Roses in 2016; last year, Radiohead headlined Coachella for the third time.

The latest incarnation of Coachella emerged from within the city of Indio Friday, like the Black Panther’s hidden land of Wakanda, but with a few technical difficulties.

The 19th annual music and arts festival is bigger than ever, with its largest tent, The Sahara expanded and transplanted west on the property of the Eldorado Polo Club, where it proved a surprisingly accommodating home for a 11-year-old yodeler, in addition to its usual lineup of electronic artists.

The next biggest tent, Mojave, is also enlarged and moved into the Sahara’s old space, and it was filled for a young Greta Van Fleet band that has obviously grown up on a steady diet of Led Zeppelin. Vocalist Josh Kiszka not only replicated Robert Plant’s voice, but he and the four-piece band donned ‘60s attire. Kiszka wore a headband and a vest without a shirt and his bandmates wore striped black-and-white pants and bright red bell-bottoms