Today is Juneteenth (“June” plus “nineteenth”). The less you know about this holiday, the more you need to know. On June 19, 1865, two months after the Confederacy surrendered, Union General Gordon Granger led a group of federal troops into Galveston, Texas. Maj. Gen. Granger issued this declaration: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’
Kentucky’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has declined a request to make a “biblical tithe” of its $100 million endowment to a nearby historically black college as reparations for the seminary’s past ties to slavery and racism.
Senator Cory Booker introduced a bill that would study the possibility of giving reparations to the descendants of slaves. Booker, a Democratic candidate for President, filed the bill Tuesday. According to Fox News, it would provide for a commission to study and report on the impact of slavery and discrimination against black Americans and would also deliver a verdict on different proposals for offering reparations.