President Joe Biden signed into law the creation of a new federal holiday to be known as “Juneteenth National Independence Day” on Thursday but for some of the left’s most extreme members of Congress, it’s not enough.
The President signed the law Thursday saying it was a day “in which we remember the moral stain and the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take.”
Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives passed the bill with 14 Republicans voting against it. In the Senate, it passed with unanimous consent.
Vice President Kamala Harris introducer Biden saying that, “as we commemorate the history of Juneteenth, as we did just weeks ago with the history of the Tulsa race massacre, we must learn from our history and we must teach our children our history, because it is part of our history as a nation.”
While many are celebrating the introduction of the new federal holiday, Squad member Rep. Cori Bush wants to ensure there’s more than a holiday. Tweeting Wednesday evening, Bush wrote, “It’s Juneteenth AND Reparations. IT’s Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs.”
The Democrat from Missouri also wrote that, “Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized.”
The Republicans opposing the federal holiday said they voted against the measure because it is being referred to as a “National Independence Day” and comes so close to July 4th. They said they feared it might enhance racial divisions at a time when the nation is trying to come together. While they said they supported a day to celebrate the abolition of slavery, naming Juneteenth a “National Independence Day” was and remains an issue for them.