One of the links I put up at Crooks & Liars this morning is this explainer; I think we’ve used it before?
Growing up in Oakland, CA, I guess I always knew about Juneteenth as a celebration, but it wasn’t until later that I learned the history behind it. I honestly did not know that Texas had held on to slavery for 18 months or so after the Emancipation Proclamation.
The AP has a good story up this morning, it’s worth a read.
Anyway, at risk of cultural appropriation accusations, here’s my traditional recipe for Red Velvet Cake most years: Go to a Juneteenth celebration near you and buy a slice, listen to the music (there will be music, great music, often live), and work your way through the exhibits and educate yourselves. It really is a party!
You will never have a better, sweeter, or deeply appreciative bite of cake.
This year, because of the Trump Virus, there might not be a festival near you and/or you might still be sheltering in place (like me), so you could make your favorite chocolate cake and add a LOT of red food coloring.
UPDATES: Politico tells us:
TEXAS TRIBUNE: “U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will file bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday,” by Alex Samuels … THE HILL: “Group of Democratic senators to propose making Juneteenth national holiday”
[Keeping this on top today, fresher posts —if any— will be below.]