Humor me. Why would anyone dislike Juneteenth being named a Federal Holiday?

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It’ll probably end up taking the place of another holiday, at least in the private sector (to the degree it’s given as a holiday at all). And yes, as with most holidays, it’ll just be viewed as a day to spend on the beach or travel or whatever. I suspect very few people view Columbus Day, Memorial Day, or Labor Day as anything else

Actual reason: today, the political climate and media thrives on race-centric issues. Juneteenth is an awesome holiday, recognizing when many enslaved people became truly free; everyone loves that. However, conservatives see that non-conservatives are trying to make race a bigger issue "than it should be." (conservatives would say) Juneteenth represents our success over past racism in the US. (conservatives think liberals would say) Juneteenth represents a reason to continue the fight for equity and minority representation. The center of the debate is between whether we've achieved racial equality or not. So most people opposed to the holiday dislike the notion that we need to focus *more* on race. Overall it all is fairly meaningless but that's where a lot of it comes from

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Because they’re racist

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This is the only valid explanation

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Because it interferes with their confederate flag worshipping 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Honestly don’t see a good reason not too. America was founded on freedom, but we did so on the backs of others that weren’t free. Juneteenth is a celebration of truly becoming a free country.

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The uproar after MLK Day was declared a holiday was worse. For my parents it was a real litmus test of how symbolically racist the state government leaders were willing to be. It’s why I wouldn’t live in AZ, for example. The thinking was if you are this focused on being symbolically racist then the actual racism must be unbearable. MLK Day still wasn’t a no-brainer private sector holiday until last year. Juneteenth responses have been surprisingly positive. Would like to see Columbus Day disappear specifically and replaced with a commemoration of native people.

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Nothing - as long as you don’t get offended when Americans turn it into a holiday centered around eating and drinking. I mean, that’s what we do after all.

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If you don’t know the history, it sounds like a Budweiser-made holiday.

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The outrage is magnified to make you think there is a lot more opposition than their really is. It works. We are here discussing it, increasing engagement, and probably saw lots of ads in the process. (Statement edited to remove trigger words…)

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We need a framework to prioritize federal holidays, or soon, every day will be paid time off for federal employees.

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Federal employment = decent pay + complete job security + great benefits including a pension + lots of time off. Getting to look better than private sector except at the higher end....

I welcome any and all paid federal holidays.

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If you’d asked me 14 months ago, I would have said why should we celebrate a date that’s only significant to Texas, since the rest of the country had moved on long before? Clearly I was ignorant of the fact that many Black Americans have long celebrated it nationwide. Now that I know, I’m fine with it.

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The only real reason to be against it is it’s seen as furthering the woke agenda. Any of these other answers about it not being the factually correct day to celebrate are BS. Everyone loves days off work, some just don’t want more wokeism. I find the overwoke social justice warriors to be annoying as hell, but feel it’s probably about damn time to have a holiday commemorating America’s rise above slavery. Others can’t seem to get beyond their politics.

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Do your politics prevent you for understanding what “woke” means? What is a “woke agenda?”

It was 14 people out of 535 and most of them claim the objection was the name of the holiday, not having a holiday.

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What didn’t they like about the name? Was there a different name they proposed? I’m in Europe and don’t get the news on this.

Now we just need Obama’s birthday as a holiday and we have May-September covered

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Why not celebrate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation then?

We celebrate July 4th 1776 even though there were years of fighting afterwards. It’s a symbolic date that we have chosen to honor what it means to us as Americans. Juneteenth is the longest running African American holiday celebrating the final end of slavery as an institution in the U.S. ; quibbling over exact historical accuracy isn’t really in good faith. I also doubt you celebrate the emancipation proclamation EY1; you’re just using it as a flimsy excuse to hate on the most significant black holiday in our country.

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They don’t understand the significance of it.

I don't get it, the ratification of the 13 and 14 amendments make more sense, but it may be a day off in summer vs Dec so I can live with it

Juneteenth is and has been celebrated widely in the Black community for a long time. It’s not like we just made it up this year, just made it official.

Only if they give up another holiday in exchange.

So does Deloitte 😂😂😂

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