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#Black Lives Matter Movement spreads across 60 nations, the U.S. Supreme Court defends Gays + Dreamers, and American slaves were effectively freed 155 years ago today.



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Juneteenth Order via National Archives

The Dreamers—children who came to the United States without legal protections—were at risk of mass deportation when President Donald Trump urged the Supreme Court to rollback, nullify, and rescind DACA. President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was an Executive Order in 2012 which enabled immigrant children to receive deferrals from deportation, become eligible for a work permit in the U.S., and summarily pave their way to citizenship.

The Trump Administration also urged the court to determine that the Civil Rights Act does not protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination in the workplace. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination and explained that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.

Trump fired off two tweets expressing his anger in retaliation. “These horrible and politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or conservatives.”

#Black Lives Matter

A white Kansas City police officer, who fatally shot a black man a year ago, has been taken into custody. Officer Eric DeValkenaere joins Garrett Rolfe and Derek Chauvin as the most recent police officers to be charged with felony manslaughter in the past several weeks, and, having been denied bail, are awaiting trial for felony murder in prison. Together, they’ve fueled the George Floyd Protests in the United States, and the Black Lives Matter Movement in over 60 countries throughout the world.

Juneteenth

Though President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in 1862, enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation was slow and resisted amongst the defeated Confederate States. June 19th 1865 is historically referred to as “Juneteenth” in the United States; wherein slaves in the State of Texas, the westernmost confederate state, saw the arrival of Union troops and learnt they were free.

The National Archives on Thursday located what appears to be the original handwritten “Juneteenth” military order informing thousands of people held in bondage in Texas they were free. “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” The order continues, “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

However, slavery continued as former slaves sought employment with their former masters. The culture, institution, and practice was eradicated by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution on December 6, 1865. Herein, slavery became illegal in the United States, and was abolished in all U.S. states and territories.

Finally, Trump’s rally tomorrow in Tulsa Oklahoma will be the first political gathering since the coronavirus crisis shut down public gatherings in the United States. The pandemic has taken 121,000 American lives, and new infections are spiking upwards of 2.2 Million.

A new Fox News poll published Thursday found registered voters preferred the Democrat Joe Biden over President Donald Trump by a 12-point margin as racism, coronavirus, and unemployment grips the hearts and minds of American voters.


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