Legislation to recognize June 19, or “Juneteenth,” as a federal holiday passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives Wednesday. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 475, the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” passed 415-14. The bill recognizes June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned slavery was ended, as a public holiday. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had freed all enslaved African Americans in rebel states two and a half years earlier.
I think there’s a small computerized voice that talks inside the head of Republicans who want to avoid being recognized as corrupt, racist fools. It provides them with reasonable-sounding excuses. Or they can just have lunch with someone from Fox Snooze.