Its Juneteenth, and a White Nationalist Is President

With the South rising again on the watch of President Donald Trump, who plans to turn the Fourth of July this year from a celebration of America to a celebration of himself, its time for Americans who champion equality to begin celebrating Juneteenth. June 19, 1865 Juneteenth being a combination of June and nineteenth should remind all Americans of the long and complex fight required to end slavery here. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act ending slavery in the District of Columbia by paying slave owners up to $300 for each slave they set free. The federal government allocated $1 million (the equivalent of $30 million today) to compensate D.C.s slave-owners. The Act also …