“Happy Juneteenth, this should be a national holiday” links

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Here’s the history of Juneteenth & why it should be a national holiday. [The Root]
This new “Candyman trailer” is haunting. [OMG Blog]
Rep. Matt Gaetz and his adult “son” Nestor appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show last night. Whew, I don’t know where to start. [Towleroad]
Lori Loughlin is afraid of catching corona in prison. [Dlisted]
Lady Gaga gave a fan the jacket she (Gaga) was wearing. [Just Jared]
On Danny Masterson, Leah Remini & Me Too in Scientology. [LaineyGossip]
(British) Football is back! [Go Fug Yourself]
Dan Stevens will always be my Cousin Matthew. [Pajiba]

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  1. SomeChick says:

    Happy Juneteenth!

    I wish this could have been its own post instead of “links” because links posts don’t seem to generate much conversation. Next year, I propose a CeleBarbecue post on the ‘Teenth!

    The Root has great information – current and historical. Atlas Obscura has some good stuff too. And the Juneteenth posts on food sites are well worth a look.

    I love that Juneteenth and Pride are both in June. FREEDOM!

    • bettyrose says:

      I agree, but the tie in to the Candyman reboot is also good for conversation. The original makes a really powerful statement on the insidiousness of white privilege in time that wasn’t even much of a conversation. It’s still incredibly relevant today. (And an interesting/accurate representation of Chicago 1992 that I recommend to anyone who’s moved there more recently).

      • Some chick says:

        That’s a good point.

        And, yes, it absolutely should be a federal holiday. If we can keep the energy up and the pressure on, it might become one. Election day too!

  2. Just a thought says:

    Juneteeth should be federal holiday. I enjoyed celebrating my ancestors freedom. Here in Texas it a state holiday.

  3. Aubrey says:

    Today I am 33.

    • Karmak says:

      Happy Birthday 🎂.
      Today I am 29 one more time 😄.

    • Mari says:

      Happy birthday and Juneteenth, y’all. I was born on Juneteeth, too! In Texas, no less. I no longer live there–my parents moved me away at 10 weeks of age–so I’m glad to hear it’s a holiday there, now.

    • anon says:

      Congratulations, Aubrey!

  4. Ang says:

    If it becomes a federal holiday, white people will absolutely ruin it, I’m afraid. I think it should be, but imagine the HORRIBLE white people “celebrating” with stereotypical food and appropriation AF. You thought you saw too much black face before? People are terrible and this scares me.

    • HashtagNo says:

      I’m sortaRican raised by a white family who told me they’d adopt me, but couldn’t add black to their family tree. I took on all their mannerisms but today do not have any contact w them OR bio family. I have no heritage, just the rejection association. From my tiny POV, I see black experience is a hard-won identity- particularly to stay together in a rejecting culture. Looking longingly from the outside in, I hope it’s embraced, celebrated and exalted!

      • Joanna says:

        Oh honey, that’s awful! It’s not your fault, I hope you are ok now. Sometimes you have to find your own family, I know you will. Family comes in many forms..

      • Some chick says:

        That sucks. I too have been rejected by supposed family – multiple times, starting at about age 8. Those people tho, they are just relatives. The people who love you, even when times are hard – the ones who have your back – that’s Family.

        Love the term “SortaRican.”

      • Lady D says:

        I’m really sorry you had to grow up like that, HashtagNo. Adults are supposed to protect children and love them. I hope you can do well, and I think you’ll find you’re a lot stronger than you realize. I wish you well.

      • betsyh says:

        This is heartbreaking. But you sound like you’ve risen above it. Wishing you all the love and acceptance the world holds.

      • Archie’s Book says:

        Puerto Rican myself here! You will always be boricua. So much love.

  5. Dinah says:

    Of all US presents, Obama should have declared this day as a national/federal commemoration / holiday already. If i’m correct, all other countries in the world where the transatlantic slavery took place (on their soils), have national emancipation/abolition of slavery days. It is a shame that after so many years, that still hasn’t’ happened in the USA.

  6. Mina_Esq says:

    Now that Trump has invented it, I don’t see why not! (For the record – I’m being sarcastic re: Trump inventing it)

  7. Truthiness says:

    My overly-ambitious Japanese employer held a zoom townhall with a special request for 100% attendance just now. After our usual review of P/L, sales, our Japanese president said that Juneteenth is now a company holiday. They have watched the news, they are grieving and they are naming the specific people we have lost and that Black Lives Matter. We can use our day whenever we want this year and that they will be listening to us for ways we can celebrate. MLK day will now be a paid company holiday as well. NGL they work us to the bone but this is a small step they CAN do. I would rather have the black lives back than have a holiday 100x over but I can’t un-ring that bell.

  8. lucy2 says:

    Juneteenth absolutely should be a federal holiday. As should Election Day! Columbus Day can go.
    That Gaetz story is not sitting right with me.

  9. Nlopez says:

    Feliz Juneteenth everybody! I will be eating too much and educating ignoramuses as needed.

  10. Just a thought says:

    I agree that Election Day should be federal holiday. Or better yet change election day to July 4. Most of America is off on July 4 people could vote and still do all the July 4 activities.

  11. The Recluse says:

    RIP Ian Holm. What a career he had.

  12. Joanna says:

    I too think this should have been a separate post. I’m 44 and never heard of it before now. Really shows how we prioritize white history and erase non white people

  13. LadySwampwitchGivesneauxfux says:

    Dan Stevens will always be David Haller to me. Legion was brilliant as was he in it.

  14. Isa says:

    It should be a holiday and we should be learning about it in schools. I’m 32 and I am ashamed to say I have just now learned about it. It’s been eye opening to see how little I know about Black history and how I need to fill in the gaps for my children on my own.

  15. Vava says:

    I think Juneteenth should be a national holiday. Get rid of Columbus Day!

  16. Amapiano says:

    Of all US presents, Obama should have declared this day as a national/federal commemoration / holiday already.

  17. JanetDR says:

    It was suddenly declared a holiday in NYC this week. I’m glad for things changing and people realizing that it is time.