Guest column on Juneteenth by Anton Andrew, Dem candidate for PA House 160, in The Delco Times, 6/19/20
Friday, June 19, marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the belated (by more than two years) commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
It would be another 100 years before the right to vote of those slaves and their descendants would be protected by law. Belatedly it seems, our nation does progress toward racial equality, yet we still have a long way to go before we attain equality and justice for all.
The senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has sparked demonstrations calling for racial justice that stretch from right here to across the nation and globe. However, the real roots of these protests lie in a long history of systemic racism and discrimination that are an undeniable part of our society.
Supporting racial justice is not a partisan issue. More Americans than ever want a racially just society. In 2015, barely half of all Americans thought racial discrimination was a big problem. Today, more than three quarters of us recognize the challenge we face….
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