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This past weekend, I came across a new chocolate shop with a Juneteenth celebration sign in the window. Whaddaya know, a chocolate shop run by chocolate people :)

FYI, Juneteenth represents June 19, 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas were finally freed even though the Emancipation Proclamation was supposedly effective January 1, 1863. As I searched around the net, seeing who might have posted something interesting about this almost-holiday, I found this eloquent post by Dover Bitch which I cannot top.

I would only add that there is something painfully symbolic about the idea of delayed justice. Just because a leader makes a declaration or a body passes a law does not mean The People are any better off because of it. You can, I’m sure, fill in the blanks with a thousand examples past and present. As our country gears up for another election, let’s keep in mind the need to follow-up and follow through. Let’s hold the elected and the electorate accountable.

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