The slavery in the United States of America – Juneteenth
Good morning my dearest web audience!
I suppose you’re doing pretty well today! Despite the fact it’s the second part of June, the holidays are approaching so rapidly! Are you pleased with that thought? Have you got any plans for this summer? Leave me your concepts below, in the comments!
Before I start today’s post, I want to state that this topic might be quite complex or a bit overwhelming, and I am strongly certain that I’ll arrange more blog notes about this appealing subject in the future on account of the point that it truly deserves more attention and awareness these days. Furthermore, this term is so vast that it may take some posts just to enclose the most significant information.
To start with, not only do the Americans are presently waiting for upcoming summer events but also they are having a celebration of more historical and a quite perplexed happening today. I guess that for some it may be an occasion for feasting but for others it could be a time for many recollections and reflections.
19th June – Juneteenth – is a national holiday in the United States in America associated with freeding all the remaining slaves in the 19th century. This memorable day is a way to solemnise the idea of freedom and equality in the multi-cultural society.
The problem of slavery in brief
As I mentioned, this issue is not devoid of many drawbacks, far from being solved and pretty multi-facted. In this post I want to press the point of the principal event – celebrations and parties from one coast to another. It is essential that the history and the origins of the black people captivity be analysed and depict in forth articles on my blog.
To introduce, as you may know, the slavery dates back to the moment when the Europeans lie on the anchor on the land of the New World in the 15-16th century. The colonisation and the willingness of making profits of new farms, industries contributed to the high demand for plenty of labour people who might work fast, effectively on these plantations. The clue of it was that the immense stocks of plants, crops and goods must have been shipped to Europe immediately and without any additional expenses. That is why the cost of slaves’ harsh labour was next to nothing. The profit and mammoth earnings were the key points.
It is worth to point out that the first slaves were brought from Africa. Moreover, in the next centuries, the indigenous Americans were also deprived of freedom and rights. They were used, traded, tortured and forced to work. Seldom do we also realise that many enslaved women were raped and expected to provide long-established reproductive labour in order to hold the next generations of black workers.
What happened next?
The situation changed in 1865, on 19th June. Texas was the last state in which the remaining slaves were still controlled by white citizens. The Union soldiers, who were against the black people captivity, came to impose the abolition in Texas. They came under the area by having fought with the Confederation (they were in favour of harness the Afroamericans). The newly freed slaves organised large, public and unique celebrations with a view to rejoice with their liberty.
Juneteenth in the USA
The word ‚Juneteenth’ is combined with two other words: ‚June’ and ‚nineteenth’. It is a public holiday in most of the states across the entire country. That means that schools, universities, banks and lots of government institutions or workplaces are closed and the American inhabitants have a day-off.
This year 19th June is on Friday so that signifies the commemorations will be prolonged through the whole weekend!
Every year a dazzling array of organisations and African groups take pride in arranging local towny parades, public meetings and live gigs with famous American celebrities. It is a sterling time to showcase their African culture, cuisine, traditions and the association with the community.
Furthermore, a plethora of pale-complexion residents also solemnises this day so as to become reconciled with the dark-complexion participants of Juneteenth.
The US citizens decorate their houses, workplaces, parks and streets with bright-coloured signs and posters with slogans, in particular: ‚freedom’, ‚Juneteenth’, ‚no offence’ or ‚equality of races’.
The most renowned symbol of this day is a Juneteenth flag – a rectangle-shaped banner with red and blue stripes and a five-pointed star in the centre.
This event is also connected with soda cream beverages. The conventional sweet drink during the Juneteenth party is Big Red soda. There is a bounty range of different tastes, for instance: orange, apple, lemon and vanilla. What is more, there are plenty of ingredient variations. Should you be a vegan, the sufferer from diabetes or allergic to caffeine, you’ll evidently find something designed for you – by and large!
A wide range of industries and companies makes money on selling merchandise such as mugs, bags, t-shirts, pens and costumes on public strands and stalls during the event.
No matter what your preferences are like, you are able to look something up for you! There are many neighbourhood sub-parties. If you like discovering new tastes and spices, you may take part in local barbecues and picnics, or snack on traditional dishes on food stalls. When you are keen on art and sport, you might go in for artwork competitions, baseball/American football games or even ridiculous rodeos!
There is an official part of this happening too. The Americans gather together so that everyone can see rising Juneteenth flag and listen to the ceremony speeches on which local Afroamericans order their neighbours with medals for community services.
The slavery in the public media and culture
If you are fascinated with the topic of American slaves, you should certainly watch ’13th’ by Ava DuVernay on Netflix. I strongly recommend seeing it this Friday night in order to connect my post with this production. After you have seen it, give me your impressions below in the comments.
What are your views about this celebration? Would you like to take part in it? Would you love to read my other articles about the problem of the slavery in the USA?
See you next!