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Juneteenth: Where we are today

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I need to be completely honest with this… I am embarrassed to say I have never heard of Juneteenth until early this morning when I jumped on MSN.COM and saw an old drawing depicting slavery.
“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was onJune 19ththat the Union soldiers, led byMajor General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that theenslaved were now free.” (http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm)
 I love history, and feel I am well read and versed on it. But even with my enthusiasm in history and culture I haven’t heard of this day. So why in 2015 is Juneteenth being brought to light all over the web? With all of the news recently about race, it begs the question; is this still a topic in America that needs to be discussed on a national level?
Being that I am bi-racial, I have been speaking about race before I even knew what the social matters where. It …

I Identify as BLACK: Black or White in America?

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When I was going to school there were four “race” boxes to check: Black, White, Hispanic and Asian. Primarily the white box was checked, but I hesitantly checked black. Why with hesitation you ask? Because I am bi-racial and lived with my mother and grandmother (who where both primarily German decent) but every morning when I looked in the mirror I saw brown skin and curly hair. It took a long time to realize that I am who I am, and that just so happens to be white and black. (I say Black because I AM NOT African American, I don’t know what country my black ancestors were from as the people who willingly come here from Africa can) I am both. As a self-aware adult I can identify with both and am proud to be who I am. Going through questioning and teasing throughout my youth and yearly teen years was something that helped shape me into the women I am today.


RACHEL DOLEZAL:
Rachel Dolezalhas gone from a Spokane, Washington, activist to the focus of a highly charged national debate in re…