Juneteenth: Time to take down mental & emotional strongholds

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Juneteenth (historic marker)A conservative black organization says today's celebration must be a time for black Americans to break free of mental and emotional bonds that can restrict them from taking full advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Juneteenth is the oldest and most popular commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union troops arriving in Galveston, Texas, brought with them the news of the end of the Civil War two months earlier and President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation that abolished slavery two and half years earlier. Galveston's former slave population began celebrating its freedom on the anniversary of this day and called it "Juneteenth." Today, 46 states and the District of Columbia recognize and commemorate it.

Nadra Enzi is a member of the advisory council of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network. He says Juneteenth is also a time to assess what the descendants of former slaves have done with the hard-fought freedom.

Enzi

"Now we deal with something I call the 'Urban Stockholm Syndrome,'" he explains, "where as recently as [in] Memphis someone who ambushed and carjacked a person becomes elevated to the status once reserved for civil rights icons who were killed by the very community that this person was terrorizing."

Enzi says the black community used to have to think only about external threats.

"Now, sadly, we have to worry about not just internal threats, but almost deified internal threats in the form of people like this young man the U.S. Marshalls had to kill," he laments. "To me that's one of the most glaring distinctions between the communities of the past and Juneteenth and now."

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