Thursday, June 19, 2008

We still have a long way to go

Fast on the heels of Loving Day, today is Juneteenth, celebrating the emancipation of Texas slaves, on June 19th, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed three years earlier, it wasn't until Union forces arrived that slaves in Texas were actually freed. Of course, it took much longer than that to free all of the slaves and another 100 years (and counting!) for full racial equality.

I hope that someday there will be no need to celebrate Loving Day or Juneteenth, or any of these holidays. I hope that the world will consider discrimination and bigotry quaint and a remnant of the long forgotten past.

Even though it takes far more effort to hate than to love, people seem to love to hate. We still have a long way to go.

More info: