Who Is Really Killing American Democracy?
By a vote of 30-1 in the House, with unanimous support in the Senate, Juneteenth, June 19, which commemorates the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, has been declared a federal holiday
It is to be called Juneteenth Independence Day.
Prediction: This will become yet another source of societal division as many Black folks celebrate their special Independence Day, and the rest of America continues to celebrate July 4 as Independence Day two weeks later.
Why the pessimism? Consider.
Days before Congress acted, the Randolph, New Jersey, board of education voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. A backlash ensued, and the board quickly voted to rescind its decision.
Still under fire, the board voted to drop all designated holidays from the school calendar and replace them with the simple notation "Day Off."
The school board had surrendered, punted, given up on trying to find holidays that the citizens of Randolph might celebrate together.
But the "day off" mandate created another firestorm, and the board is now restoring all the previous holidays, including that of Columbus.
The point: If we Americans cannot even agree on which heroes and holidays are to be celebrated together, does that not tell us something about whether we are really, any longer, one country and one people?
Do we still meet in any way the designation and description of us as the "one united people" that John Jay rendered in The Federalist Papers: