Juneteenth: Freedom Day






125 Responses to “Juneteenth: Freedom Day”

  1. June 19, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Juneteenth may have escaped the diseased mind of the occupant of the White House, but WE know about it, and it’s more important than ever. Black people made it famous, not him. March in safety today.

  2. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    June 19, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Nicole Beharie….NICOLE THEE BEHARIE is such a force!!!!! Her acting in TV and film is chef’s kiss. I’m so glad she’s getting her moment to shine in Miss Juneteenth.

    You can also check her out in Little Fires Everywhere, Sleepy Hollow and Black Mirror: Striking Vipers

  3. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    June 19, 2020 at 10:28 am

  4. 4 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Happy Juneteenth:) A national holiday is long overdue.

  5. 5 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 10:48 am

    When they show you, believe them. And not a peep from a single Republican. They are NOT pro life. Never have been.

  6. 6 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Facebook ad, you say? With this blatant lie?

  7. June 19, 2020 at 11:02 am

  8. June 19, 2020 at 11:04 am

    This was a great discussion….please take a listen

  9. 10 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Thank You, NW👒💁‍♀️🙇‍♀️🤗😍
    Thank You, TODbots 👒💁‍♀️🙇‍♀️🤗😍🎩💁‍♀️

  10. June 19, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Good Juneteenth morning to TODville. I hope this is a day for reflection for America. Let us organize and work for a better day.

  11. June 19, 2020 at 11:11 am

    No, no this cannot be happening, Unable to post Montgomery Mayor Reed’s wise words and bold actions.
    He announced an Executive Order requiring all residents to wear masks, bypassing his City Council.

    • June 19, 2020 at 11:14 am

      Mayor Reed speaking to Rachel Maddow:
      Maddow: “The state obviously doesn’t have a mask requirement. Your city council Montgomery wouldn’t vote for one earlier this week, although it sounds as if they took the vote again now it might pass. But you’ve made the decision to do this now by Executive Order. Tell us about that decision.”

    • June 19, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Mayor Reed:
      “Well Rachel the decision was one that I’ve gone back and forth with over the last couple of months to be honest with you. I really thought this was needed some time ago. But I was trying to work with the City Council, and build a consensus among them to see what was needed. And we could not get that unfortunately. And a couple of weeks ago I was going to bring it up on the agenda, and I did not have the votes at that time. But I told them if we didn’t see the numbers flatten, if we did not see a decline in our hospitalizations rates, I would be bringing it back again at the next meeting. And that meeting was on Tuesday night. And we had a city councilman who wanted to introduce and ordnance himself, and he brought the ordnance up and it was not able to pass. But I think when I look back, it’s something that I wish I’d done probably about a month ago. And I think we should have pushed the issue more forcefully then. Because unfortunately this has become a political football. I don’t know how a public health emergency can become that, but I think it has. And I think it’s cost us not only the health of many people in our community, but I think it’s also cost us some lives. And that’s unfortunate. And so I wish I could have a do over and we had pressed this more some weeks ago.”

    • June 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Maddow: “You know we’ve spoken a few times over these passed few weeks since you sort of sounded
      the alarm that Montgomery’s hospitals were being taxed, that Montgomery’s hospitals were at capacity in terms of what they could handle. And we’ve seen the hospitals flex and surge space. But are things getting any better in terms of the status of the epidemic in the state, and in Montgomery specifically? How are your case numbers? Is that curve coming down at all? Has the public alarm in Montgomery about how hard you’ve been hit, caused any sort of changes in behavior that is moving this thing in the right direction yet?”

    • June 19, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Mayor Reed:
      “I think it has caused some people to change their behavior.
      I think it has certainly brought more awareness to the issue. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that spread through this community enough. Right now 70% of new cases of COVID-19 are Black. 90% of those on ventilators are people that are Black as well. So when we think about that it’s not you know, one event here or there. This is an issue that is really impacting the Black community disproportionately. And I think it’s hard, that is because nationally one in six workers on the front lines are black. And we see that a lot here as well, I would say even more than one in six. Those are people who work in our grocery stores. They’re working in our pharmacies. They’re working in our retail shops. They’re working in public transit. They’re having to publicly interface with people who are not wearing masks, who may be unknowingly spreading this virus. And that is unfortunate because, whether someone has it or not, we know that they can spread it to someone who is susceptible to it. And I think that’s driving up the numbers. And so while there’s been some movement on people staying at home and practicing social distancing, there has not been enough. And that’s why I thought that if the City Council was not able to pass it, that I would do it by Executive Order. And that’s the first time that I’ve used an executive order to issue a mandate such as this. And I don’t like to do that, but I think when you’re in the position that we are as Mayors, you have to make decisions in the best interests of your community, even if your legislative body doesn’t agree and may not see it the way you do.”

    • June 19, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Maddow: “I’m struck tonight by you saying that, as sort of radical a decision as this is for you,
      you haven’t used executive orders before, you tried to avert it, you tried to do it some other way, but you wish you had done it a month ago. You still wish you had done it before. I have to tell you we spoke with the infectious disease at UAB a few days ago, and she said that what happened in your city first in Alabama, in Montgomery first, is now happening all over Alabama. That they’re seeing surges in all sorts of cities including hospitals really being put through their paces. Just want to ask if you could give one piece of advice to your fellow municipal leaders who are about to go start going through what you’ve been going through in Montgomery over these past few weeks, people who are about to start to have it as tough as you had it, what one piece of advice would you give them?”

    • June 19, 2020 at 11:21 am

      Mayor Reed:
      “I would tell them to trust their instincts, look out for their community, look out for the health of their residents, and make sure that we don’t allow consensus building in this time to cloud the issue. To make sure that we don’t allow politics to cloud the issue of the health and wellness of the people that are counting on us to lead and make decisions. And I think sometimes try and do things by committee, like we often do at the local, state, or federal level. It may work, but in this case I think it takes bold leadership, courageous leadership, to really make these decisions on the front side. And to really guard against anything that may happen, such as a surge or a spike in cases, because we’re trying to bring people along who may never come along. And I think what we have to realize is that people want us to see us make these decisions, and people want to see us look out for the health and wellness of them and their families. And they’ll understand in the long run, even if things don’t surge or they don’t see a spike, that we were doing things in the best interests of the people. And not for any other reason.”

  12. 20 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Listen and do

  13. June 19, 2020 at 11:16 am

  14. 25 mtmarilyn
    June 19, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Good morning dear TOD family. My father was a history professor, I thought I knew our history but several years ago I found out what Juneteenth was. I didn’t realize what a special day we had chosen to be married on . Today is also our 49th Wedding Anniversary.

    Thank you all for keeping us all informed and up to date. We can never stop learning. We must vote out this awlful man in the White House and all the GOP.

  15. 31 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Correct. And when we know better, we have an obligation to do better. Listen and learn and read . This is history that can not be erased. It has to lead us to a better place, because it is a roadmap of where we should never be again.

    • 32 mtmarilyn
      June 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      This is so true. My father was an American history professor but I never heard of this till I was in my 30’s.

  16. 33 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 11:40 am

  17. 34 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 11:43 am

  18. June 19, 2020 at 11:47 am

    THANK YOU Mayor Reed, Montgomery, Alabama, for leading the way with your Executive Order.
    In the absence of leadership from this White House, governors continue to re-open their states as COVID-19 cases rise. Wearing a face covering is the easiest and cheapest tool we have to mitigate the virus.

  19. 38 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds his last daily coronavirus briefing…

  20. 40 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    WATCH LIVE: Juneteenth reading of Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas

  21. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this post, Nerdy darlin’ – and for every post! Have a fine day.

  22. June 19, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    “Demonstrators gather to commemorate Juneteenth with marches, rallies”
    –Much love to you TOD on this special day.
    –May all beings be free from suffering.

  23. 45 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:28 pm

  24. 46 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm

  25. 47 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

  26. 48 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

  27. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    June 19, 2020 at 12:40 pm

  28. 50 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 12:44 pm

  29. 51 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    View this post on Instagram

    On this day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War, the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas finally received word that they were free at last. ⁣ We don't have to look far to see that racism and bigotry, hate, and intolerance, are still all too alive in our world. Just as the enslaved people of Galveston knew that emancipation was only the first step toward true freedom, just as those who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma knew their march was far from finished, or the protesters of today continue to fight for Black lives around the country––our work remains far from done. As long as people are treated differently based on nothing more than the color of their skin––we cannot honestly say that our country is living up to its highest ideals. ⁣ And that awareness isn’t unpatriotic. In fact, it’s patriotic to believe that we can make America better. We’re strong enough to be self-critical. We’re strong enough to look upon our imperfections and strive, together, to make this country we love more perfect. Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. Instead, it's a celebration of progress. It's an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible. So no matter our color or our creed, no matter where we come from or who we love, today is a day to find joy in the face of sorrow and to hold the ones we love a little closer. And tomorrow is a day to keep marching.

    A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on

  30. 52 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Great music thread if you’d care to check it out.

  31. 55 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:29 pm

  32. 56 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm

  33. 57 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:33 pm

  34. 58 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    How’s that for projection !!

    • 59 Hillary Darton
      June 19, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Having money is proof you don’t know what class is. The Trump family is a disgrace.

      • 60 todjey
        June 19, 2020 at 7:36 pm

        Neither money nor education can buy class. I have seen ppl driving a BMW SUV, throwing out their coffee cup on the road, instead of disposing it properly.

  35. 61 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:38 pm

  36. 62 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:39 pm

  37. 63 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:40 pm

  38. 64 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:44 pm

  39. 65 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:44 pm

  40. 66 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm

  41. 67 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 2:05 pm

  42. 68 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 2:09 pm

  43. 70 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    • 71 Don
      June 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Too late indeed, I used to live at AMC until a friend introduced me to the Alamo Draft House. Where they bring your food to you and they have a wide assortment of food items, its more expensive but its worth it. I’m constantly amazed at these so-called heads of industry that continue to say the dumbest shit imaginable. I mean if I were one of these people that make enough money to choke a whale I’d just keep my mouth shut and roll around at night naked on top of all the money I make. But no, they just have to let their thoughts be known.

      • 72 Dudette
        June 19, 2020 at 5:03 pm

        Yep when I lived in NC, my apartment building was right behind an AMC. We have a couple of theaters chains that bring food to you. In fact the closest one to me is an AMC. It is expensive but the food was great. Then again I’m partial to the $6 admission at NCG theaters, plus their slushies. Anyway I’m done with AMC. The one here might as well stay closed forever. They struggled to get audiences anyway because of the lower priced competitors. They will never recover from this, at least not in my neck of the woods.

        • 73 Don
          June 19, 2020 at 5:12 pm

          And not only that, Dudette, covid has forced businesses to reevaluate their business models. And once movie studios figure out a way to stream a movie right into your home, that will be the death of movie theaters. AMC just opened a new theater just down the street from me three months ago, And before AMC took over that space it was a Sears.

  44. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    My bank “will close at 2 p.m. Friday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth and will return to normal business hours Saturday, June 20.”

    Somebody’s paying attention.

  45. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2020 at 2:29 pm

  46. 77 ggail44
    June 19, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Good West Coast Juneteenth Day to Nerdy & TOD family.
    Nerdy, this is a well put together info-filled Post.
    Thank you my sister 🙏🏽💕

  47. 78 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 2:55 pm

  48. 81 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm

  49. 82 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

  50. 84 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 3:13 pm

  51. 85 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    It’s also National Sickle Cell Day.
    I have two cousins who succumbed to complications due to sickle cell anemia.

  52. 86 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 3:36 pm

  53. June 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Must read thread 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

  54. June 19, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    • 89 nena20409
      June 19, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      The Blaze is owned by Glenn Beck.
      The guy who in 2009, called Pres Obama a racist & also, accused him of having a deep-seated hatred for White people.

  55. 90 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 4:13 pm

  56. 91 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 4:16 pm

  57. 92 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 4:42 pm

  58. 93 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 4:46 pm

  59. 94 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Y’all! Please help! Let’s get Jimmy Kimmel to bring Lalah Hathaway on his show and have her guest host!

  60. 95 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

  61. 98 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 4:53 pm

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    June 19, 2020 at 4:53 pm

  63. 100 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm


  64. 103 Don
    June 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Your traditions were nothing more than shackles for us.

  65. 104 Dudette
    June 19, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Good thing I had just put down my drink! 😆

  66. 105 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Add it to the list

  67. 107 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    • 108 Don
      June 19, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Qualified immunity has always been the great white whale of policing the police. Once it is removed police know that they cannot hide behind it, this is a good first step.

  68. 109 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    IMO, excellent explanation from Ms. Ifill

  69. 110 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm

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    June 19, 2020 at 5:37 pm

  71. 112 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 5:39 pm

  72. 113 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 7:27 pm

  73. 114 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 7:29 pm

  74. 115 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 7:34 pm

  75. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2020 at 7:40 pm


  76. 118 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 7:49 pm

  77. 119 marleysperson
    June 19, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    An anthem

  78. 120 jer44
    June 19, 2020 at 8:05 pm

  79. 121 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 8:20 pm

  80. 122 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 8:21 pm

  81. 124 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 8:52 pm

  82. 125 nena20409
    June 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm


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