Juneteenth is a day for celebration and remembrance. Today we remember June 19, 1865: two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It took nine hundred and twelve days for enslaved people in parts of Texas to find out that a paper had been signed, thus freeing them from their shackles. While there were celebrations, it was also a false alarm. Read about the ways systemic racism has continued to exist in the U.S. since 1865.
Since the first enslaved people were forcibly brought to this land in 1619, we have had a false alarm of freedom. From reconstruction through the Civil Rights movement until today, justice has continually come too late. Now, our nation’s original sins: racism and slavery, echo today in the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Oluwatoyin Salau, and countless other Black lives lost too soon. As we work to transform our politics and our society, we must achieve racial justice and equity in every area of life.
A critical step is recognizing and reversing the impacts of the racial wealth and income gap in the United States. Created a couple of years ago, NETWORK’s Racial Wealth and Income Gap workshop has become one of our most popular trainings. Now you can participate online!
This workshop, which includes both an informational presentation and interactive experience, explores how 12 federal policies have helped to create, sustain, and grow the racial wealth and income gap in our nation, while also providing participants with a deeper understanding of concepts like systemic racism and white privilege. We are excited to announce that the workshop has been modified to meet the needs of an online audience and will be offered three times in July. Sign up today and join us for one of these important trainings about historic and modern racism in the United States.