June 19, also known as Juneteenth, marks the day when, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, black American slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom. As the National Museum of African-American History and Culture notes in a Tumblr post, it could — and arguably should — be celebrated as the United States’ “second independence day.” But as the NMAAHC writes, “Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public.”
President Donald Trump’s White House issued a statement on Juneteenth that didn’t land well. USA Today compared his statement to that of President Barack Obama, highlighting — as a commentator at the Independent Journal Review did — that Trump chose to praise a white person where Obama focused on the freed slaves.
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