Rep. Johnson’s Statement on Anniversary of Juneteenth
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement to recognize Juneteenth:
“Today, we celebrate the African-American community and commemorate Juneteenth.
“This Juneteenth marks the 153rd celebration of the ending of slavery in this nation, and since then we have made significant strides in the expansion of civil rights. We have outlawed segregation, integrated our schools and done important work to increase access to the polls.
“Nonetheless, even 153 years later, America and her laws remain prejudiced.
“Our neighborhoods and schools are still subject to de facto segregation, and schools with larger African American populations are unlikely to receive adequate funding and support. Our justice system is a continuation of this systemic bias. Under this guise of public protection, we arrest and forcible confine African Americans five times as often as white Americans for the exact same crimes.
“These realities directly contradict American ideals. And so, on this anniversary of Juneteenth, I believe the best way to celebrate the community and honor our past is to take deliberate action to make our country a just and equitable home for all Americans today and into the future.”