Vice President Kamala attempted to give a history lesson to an audience of young children to celebrate Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is a new federal holiday that recognizes “the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas.”
Harris told the audience of mainly black children that black people were enslaved in the United States of America for 400 years never mind the fact that the USA is headed into its 246 year as a nation. If one would like to be nitpicky slaves were first brought to the American colonies in 1619 and it was abolished via the 13 Amendment that was ratified by the states in 1865. The addition to the 13 Amendment ended 246 years of slavery, not 400.
Unlike the fake news claims made by New York Times writer Nichole Hannah Jones, it was the Spanish who first brought African slaves across the Atlantic in 1501.
“With the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War, it required America to really ask itself, who is free? How do we define freedom? Freedom in terms of the autonomy one should have? Is freedom given to us or are we born with freedom? Right?” Harris said.
“I would argue it is our God-given right to have freedom. It is your birthright to have freedom. And then during slavery, freedom was taken. And so we’re not going to celebrate being given back what God gave us anyway, right?”
“Amen!” a member of her audience said.
“We should think about it also in terms of current application, asking is everyone we know free?” Harris went on. “Do we know anyone who is not free? Around the world do all people have freedom? Are there those who are without freedom? When we talk about freedom, are we talking about freedom from — or are we talking about the freedom to?”