June 18, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
The year 1865 has been a significant year as it relates to our not so pleasant past. President Joe Biden has signed into law making June Nineteenth a Public Holiday in the United States of America. It was a celebration long informally recognized over the years.
It is known as “Juneteenth”. The abolition of slavery was a significant development in the lives of many in the Americas. Slavery was a disgraceful act and it greatly dividend the American people.
In Jamaica 1865 was the Morant Bay War which led to great improvements to freed black slaves. This was a distasteful past in our history as black people. Hope we never forget those atrocities. Those events have scarred our lives.
Martin Luther King Jr. also has a public holiday in his honour, as we are most likely aware. I feel honoured as a person of colour for the honour bestowed on our patriots.
It is my wish that an appropriate monument will be erected to George Floyd. He is more than deserving of such an honour.
Racism is being dismantled brick by brick.
We are thankful to President Biden for his support. He is a true friend of persons of colour.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a veteran journalist who has International exposure and is a black nationalist. Black lives matter.