Why do we need Critical Race Theory (CRT), or as I call it, "the truth", told in the educational system in the United States? A Facebook post this morning by the North Port, Florida police department provides an example of why. Here is the post:
"Today we honor Juneteenth. This day celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, which happened on June 1865. It was made a federal holiday in 2021, therefore City buildings and facilities will be closed June 20 in recognition. It's a celebration of resillence, perseveraance, and hope. #Juneteenth"
The post, author unknown, incorrectly describes Juneteenth as celebrating and commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
In response to the post by the North Port police, several citizens of North Port responded with proclamations supporting Father's Day but ignoring or denigrating the acknowledgement of Juneteenth Day. The responses support the need for European Americans to acknowledge the existence of non European American cultures in the United States. The notion that everything in these United States must relate to European American culture and values is a false, racist, selfish, and evil notion. The continuing denial and non acceptance of anything non European American having value is sad behavior. But, the behavior is honest and makes us all aware of where this country stands in terms of the thoughts and values of a large segment of the population, at least in North Port, Florida.
The Facebook post was met with numerous affirmations and responses of "Happy Father's Day". It was a light handed slap in the face to Juneteenth. Now do you understand why some black people and Native Americans ignore July 4th "Independence Day" celebrations?
So, now it's time to include information about Juneteenth in the educational system. Along with information about the lynchings, and massacares of black people over the past 300 years. Plus the story of the annihilation of the Native American culture in the United States by diseases, and European American culture. Finally it's time for the North Port police department to get fully educated on the cultures of the people it protects and serves.