Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy(?) Juneteenth

Periodically I will learn some charming fact about Texas history that kind of makes me go, "...REALLY?" Case in point: Juneteenth.

So, I found out that my client at work had the day off for a state holiday. This happens frequently, these random days off for mysterious "Texas holidays," such as Armadillo Day or BBQ Ribs Day. I didn't think much of it because of the constant holidayness, but then people at my office were wishing each other "happy Juneteenth" and discussing the Juneteenth meals they were planning to cook. So finally I got curious and asked one of my co-workers, "What the hell is Juneteenth?"

Co-worker: "Were you born in Texas?"

Me: "Nope."

Co-worker: "Ok, basically Texas is an asshole. When Abe Lincoln emancipated the slaves, Texas just decided not to tell them. For TWO AND A HALF YEARS. Finally, a couple years later on June 19th, Texas said, 'Oh yeah, this thing happened where you are kind of free.'"

Me: ... !

Co-worker: "I know, shitty, right?"

So now Texas celebrates(?) Juneteenth as Emancipation Day. From what I've been able to gather, Juneteenth celebration(?) consists of black people being like, "Eff you, effing white people" and white people throwing parties where they serve fried chicken and watermelon. Does that sound super racist? Yeah, I thought so, too. But I am for reals not making it up. Every now and then something like this reminds me that, yes, indeed I live in Texas.


Jr said...

So what did you serve at your Juneteenth party then?

Becky L said...

Heh, no Juneteenth party for us.