Holiday Deal: Swap Robert E. Lee for Juneteenth and Frederick Douglass

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“Down the Confederacy and hold the flag; the American flag. — Frederick Douglass

Happy Juneteenth, all of you. This holiday – which recognizes the end of slavery – is long overdue. But that’s only temporary in Alabama.

I would like to show my support for the Dothan Eagle editorial calling for the celebration of June 19 by removing the Confederate holiday from Alabama. What a splendid idea.

RELATED: Alabama set to celebrate June 19 by getting rid of Confederate holiday – al.com

RELATED: Federal holiday of June 16 observed on June 20: what is June 16? What is closed, what is open? – al.com

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Alabama celebrates three Confederate-related state holidays: Confederate Memorial Day in April, the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in June, and the joint holiday of Robert E. Lee Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.

Let’s start by eliminating the most embarrassing of the three – the joint vacation of Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King. Should Alabama still offer a Confederate loser option to those unwilling to recognize a black civil rights icon?

Let’s put Robert E. Lee out in the pasture and let MLK have his own day, for crying out loud.

And let’s make Juneteenth a permanent holiday.

From Article on Al.com/Dothan Eagle: June 19 has long been informally recognized as celebrating the end of slavery and was authorized as a federal holiday last year. Several states and many municipalities have established Juneteenth as a holiday.

However, the June 16 holiday in Alabama is an anomaly, as the clearance is temporary, established by governor’s proclamation. To become a permanent public holiday, legislative action is required.

Alabama lawmakers should initiate and enact this authorization at the earliest opportunity. While Juneteenth has long been a day of celebration for African American Alabamians, the end of slavery in the United States is a victory for humanity and, as such, should be celebrated by every American and Alabamian. .

Let’s celebrate the end of slavery with a few quotes from slave, statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglass:

“Down the Confederacy and hold the flag; the American flag.

“Abolish slavery tomorrow, and not a phrase or syllable of the Constitution need be altered. It has been purposely framed so as to give no claim, no sanction to the claim of the property of the If originally slavery had to do with government, it was only as a scaffolding to the magnificent structure, to be removed as soon as the building was completed.

“Men do not like those who remind them of their sins.”

“Those who study humanity with a whip in their hand will always be wrong.”

“I would unite with anyone to do good; and no one to do harm.

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JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and AL.com. He won the RFK Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartoons in 2020. In 2018, he received the Rex Babin Memorial Award for local and state cartoons by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Follow JD on FacebookTwitter @Crowejam and Instagram @JDCrowepix.

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