Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 42 of the United States.Didn't you get the memo?
Freedom Failed. [Teen charged in boy’s shooting at Juneteenth Festival, Columbus Dispatch, June 17, 2013]:
Columbus police have charged a 15-year-old boy with felonious assault in connection with a shooting on Saturday at the Juneteenth Festival at Franklin Park that injured an 11-year-old boy.
Lovauntea J. Mickens, of 723 S. Napoleon Ave., is accused of firing the stray gunshot that hit the boy in the leg about 7 p.m. during the festival.
The injured boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in stable condition. Police have not released his name.
The shooting disrupted an annual festival dedicated to celebrating and honoring African-American Independence Day. Juneteenth marks June 19, 1865, when news of the abolition of slavery reached Galveston, Texas.
Four juveniles were arrested in fights before the shooting, Lt. Bela Bernhardt said.How about a more direct version of the story that helps to define just what the black community (regardless of what city they are found in) represents in 2013 [Juneteenth shooting: Teen arrested for shooting 11-year-old at Ohio festival: A Juneteenth Festival in Ohio was cut short after a shooting., UPI, June 16, 2013]:
Police closed down the festival after the shooting. It was supposed to have run through yesterday.
Ohio police have arrested 15-year-old Lovauntea J. Mickens on assault charges after a 10-year-old festivalgoer was injured by a stray bullet in Columbus on Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Authorities shut down the Juneteenth Festival, marking the day Texas slaves learned of their emancipation, after an 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the leg.
"To know why we're coming together and we mess it us up that's so awful, it's sickening," Crystal Coleman, a vendor, told NBC 4.
"Every year they get out here and show out. Now we're not going to have anything we can do that represents the African-American community and it's a disgrace," Columbus resident Benita David said.Dear Benita David... the shooting at the Juneteenth Celebration, like the shooting at the Mother's Day Second Line parade in New Orleans, or the violence at Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis is indicative and representative of the black community.
Perhaps Milwaukee's Juneteenth Celebrations are more indicative though of what one can expect from black emancipation [Juneteenth Day arrests spark spirited debate, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 20, 2012]:
It's good to have Juneteenth Day behind us as Milwaukee looks forward to a safe, peaceful summer.
But, yes, 54 arrests at the festival do seem a bit troubling.
Milwaukee police reported most of the arrests at the annual north side street party were for disorderly conduct. Unlike previous years, there were no flash-point incidents reported. No bottles were thrown at officers, and no fights broke out after the festival ended.
No ugly scenes were caught on camera, only to be replayed on local TV for days.The number of arrests prompted a spirited debate on my social message sites between folks who think the Juneteenth Day celebration is more trouble than it is worth and those who accused the media of playing up bad news.
As usual, there were plenty of opinions in both camps.
Chanin Kelly-Rae, an African-American woman who now lives in Seattle, said the arrests at Juneteenth Day recalled her own experiences.
"I wouldn't go to that festival for all the tea in China," wrote Kelly-Rae, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and spent several years teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools before leaving in 2001.
"I grew up in Milwaukee and remember all too well this event. I also know my parents made us stay away because someone usually got shot, robbed, there are fights and all sorts of risk," she said.
Funny, in Oakland, the Juneteenth Celebration was cancelled back in 2008 because the organizers couldn't meet safety deadlines:
After 21 years, Berkeley's Juneteenth celebration — the most established and consistent festival of its kind in the East Bay — has been cancelled by its organizers because they could not meet planning and safety deadlines, city officials said Monday.
The Berkeley Juneteenth Association Inc. sent a letter to the city April 18, saying it had decided to scrap the festival, which generally draws 15,000 to 20,000 people to the Alcatraz/Adeline corridor in south Berkeley on Father's Day.
News of the cancellation did not surface until this week, and there are conflicting stories as to why the festival fell apart. "I can't speak to why (the association) chose to cancel it. I just received the e-mail informing us that they had decided to cancel it," said Manuel Hector, the city's former special events coordinator, who now works in the city's mental health division.Freedom failed.
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