Macy Gray thinks we need a new flag for America to ‘represent all of us’. This comes after President Joe Biden aka Money Bag Joe, signed Juneteenth into law as a federal holiday.
Yeah, you read that right! Finally, after all these years, it’s a federal holiday!
Check out the article from NME about Macy Gray and see what she had to say about everything.
And if you’re unaware of what Juneteenth is, it’s the holiday the Black community celebrates to commemorate our Emancipation Day. See, slaves were free since Jan. 1, 1863 but news didn’t reach the South, specifically Galveston, until June 19, 1865.
For one, can you imagine being a slave and waiting for the day you’re free? And then find out that you’ve been free for 2 and a half years but continued to work as a slave?
Imagine the number of slaves who’s lives were lost during those 2 and a half years because they tried to escape or were disobedient.
It’s a lot to take in and is a hard holiday for me to stomach. I celebrate, because it’s such a huge milestone that the Southern slaves were finally free. It’s just also so sad and disheartening to know they had to suffer another 2 and a half years.
Stuff like that makes me lean harder on my heritage and Black community. I did a Juneteenth ride on Peloton yesterday, and I hit a new PR. The power, the rage, the something to prove, it all motivated me and gave me the strength.
So next year, on 6/19, be sure to either be silent and listen or shout at the top of your lungs in celebration; everyone has a part to play.