On June 19, 1865 , slaves in Texas were finally emancipated, thus ending chattel slavery in the United States. The date is now celebrated by African Americans as a holiday known as Junteenth. This year a NC activist and newspaper columnist is commemorating Juneteenth by launching a boycott against Independence Day.
“Our ancestors weren’t free in 1776 and we are not free today…”
Minister Paul Scott is asking African Americans not to celebrate the 4th of July this year to protest the injustices that African Americans are experiencing in the Trump Era. Pointing at incidents such as Starbucks, Scott argues that since the election of Donald Trump, racists acts are becoming more commonplace in America.
He is asking that African Americans don’t attend 4th of July events or purchase merchandise such as firecrackers.
Scott argues that boycotting Independence Day will send a strong message to America that they will not tolerate injustice in the same manner of NFL players not standing for the national anthem.
“It’s not fair to expect football players to sacrifice millions of dollars if we are not willing to give up fireworks and franks for one day, says Scott.
Scott was recently featured in a NY times article regarding the gentrification of Durham NC. He can be reached at (919) 972=8305 or email@example.com