Robert Greene II
Robert Greene II
Pub Chair @ideas_history Senior Editor @blkperspectives bylines @thenation @dissentmag @jacobinmag @madebyhistory elsewhere history prof. @claflinuniv1869Source
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Keeping Juneteenth Radical

Keeping Juneteenth Radical

The federal government’s embrace of Juneteenth is an occasion for both celebration and concern. Activists invested in the freedom of Black Americans rightly fear that the holiday will become commercialized and stripped of its radical, somber meaning. Finding ways to keep the spirit of Juneteenth alive will be crucial now that it’s inked its spot on calendars as America’s 11th federal holiday. There are several ways to do this. For one, it is important to steer clear of what can be called the “MLK Day trap.” In other words, avoid making Juneteenth about one sliver of Black history, and...

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