Juneteenth, the commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, sparked a flurry of conversations and events across social media platforms. From outspoken remarks, reactions and joyous celebrations, let’s dive into the buzz that surrounded this significant day.
CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King didn’t hold back when she pointed out the absence of one of her white co-hosts on Juneteenth. While some fans were concerned about her outspokenness, it’s safe to say that King, with her close friendship with Oprah, isn’t too worried about job security.
However, one follower took offense, suggesting that the network’s decision to have them work on Juneteenth was a subtle slap in the face to all three co-hosts.
“That’s not funny,” the user wrote. “And I would’ve made that comment serious as hell. That’s the network’s way of subliminally slapping all three of y’all in the face. 💯”
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Controversial political commentator Candace Owens, known for her polarizing statements, took to Twitter to dismiss Juneteenth as a “made-up ghetto holiday.”
Juneteenth is still ghetto and made up.
Hope everyone enjoys it!
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 19, 2023
The backlash was swift, with people expressing their frustration, some hilariously so.
You are truly one of the meanest white girls I know.
— Kes Bretagne (@KesendraB) June 19, 2023
All holidays are made up. How exactly is it “ghetto?” Care to elaborate? I bet you won’t.
— Geezuschrist (@Geezuschrist5) June 20, 2023
You really love being a sell out
— Kenjah King (@KenjahKing) June 19, 2023
On a lighter note, actress Zendaya celebrated Juneteenth by embracing the time-honored tradition of line dancing at a family gathering. In a video shared on social media, she showcased her moves while grooving to Beyoncé’s rendition of the summer anthem “Before I Let You Go” by Frankie Beverly & Maze. The video exuded pure Black joy and had fans joining in the celebration.
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As the day unfolded, social media was abuzz with conversations, reactions, and visual representations of Juneteenth. From the controversial to the celebratory, it was a reminder of the diverse perspectives and experiences that shape our world.
Juneteenth continues to hold immense importance as a milestone in American history. It is a time for reflection, education, and celebration. And while some may question its significance or make misguided comments, the true essence of Juneteenth lies in honoring the struggles, achievements, and resilience of the Black community.
So, as the Juneteenth conversations gradually fade, let’s carry forward the spirit of unity, progress, and understanding, not just on this holiday but every day, as we strive for a more inclusive and equitable society.