Hi, this is Shire. Thank you very much for coming to my room again!

I believe many of you have heard of this news from the media recently:

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday from AP, June 17th, 2021

For those of you who are not familiar with this special day, please check this article (or any articles related to Juneteenth):

Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.

But in recent years, and particularly following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black Americans, there is a renewed interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

The celebration continues to resonate in new ways, given the sweeping changes and widespread protests across the U.S. over the last year and following a guilty verdict in the killing of Mr. Floyd.

So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?” New York Times, June 17th, 2021

I became familiar with this day by some of my bandmates who have been really aware of civil rights movements. But it really became an important day among many people in the US in light of the BLM movements (as you have seen above quotes).

I’m amazed that the current government administration quickly reacted and made the day as a federal holiday. For a long time (and I still kinda feel the way), I have been looking at this country (= the US) as a white people’s (European descent) country so that systemic racism against colored would stay existing forever.

Well, there are still so many problematic issues & biases against certain people in the country. However, this is the place, at least people have been learning and aware of the past issues, and they are trying to grow better. I think the new holiday can be a big step for the citizens to learn the history with more of the fair view.

I am happy to be in the place where society is trying to learn the past problems to grow better.




米奴隷解放記念日の6月19日、連邦祝日に制定 バイデン大統領が法案に署名

これまで黒人社会においては独立記念日以上に重要な記念日でありましたが、基本白人主導で来た米国ではオフィシャルに認められることは中々難しいと思っていました。昨年BLM(Black Lives Matter)運動が全国に広がったのを機に、この記念日が改めて注目されることとなり、我が職場でも全体会議などの場で正式に紹介されて歴史上での扱いやこれまでどのように扱われてきたか、など私も非常に勉強になる機会となりました。







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