It’s June 19 – Juneteenth – a holiday I learned nothing about as a child. But it’s the anniversary of the day in 1865 on which slavery finally ended in the United States. I found a great article on Juneteenth in Teen Vogue of all places, and shared some of it on the show today. Follow the link to the whole thing, which I highly recommend.
In what is likely not a coincidence, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is today holding hearings on reparations. I played the opening statements from author/journalist Ta-Nahisi Coates (who wrote a great piece for The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations” back in 2014), and from another author/columnist Coleman Hughes who is against reparations. Find the video of the hearing here. And I opened the phones for some great listener calls on the subject.
Instead of a laugh out loud funny to open the show, I opted to play the newest offering from The Parody Project.