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OH STFU CHOP

Juneteenth In Seattle: YT Ain’t Welcome, But Guard Us And Give Us Free Shit

The radical enclave in Seattle known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) will apparently feature a Juneteenth celebration on Friday that will be restricted to black people, while white people are being asked to provide security and donations.

Fox News reported Friday that the CHOP, formerly known as the “CHAZ” (for Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), would be entirely closed to white people.

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A Facebook page for the event, called “Juneteenth Blackout at the CHOP,” details the plans for the 12-hour observance:

We’re blacking out CHOP…the viral death of black bodies was the catalyst for this current movement and we need to make sure we remain focused. This means both policy and systemic change to our systems and healing space for black people.

So that’s exactly what we’re creating. A series of events in which we center black healing and community.

What we need from our non-black allies are donations of money and supplies and the willingness to support by quietly protecting sacred space for black healing. We need allies on the outskirts who are willing to be a physical barrier of protection and to peacefully deter potential interruptions.

The schedule for the day includes a “grief ritual” and “community art healing.” There seems to be no formal acknowledgement of the significance of June 19 — namely, that it marks the moment in 1865 after the Civil War when slaves in Texas were informed that they had been liberated more than two years earlier as a result of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

There is also a GoFundMe page, “Black Out at the CHOP,” that appears to be run by the organizers of the Juneteenth event.

The Cal Anderson Park also hosts the CHOP’s community garden, which includes a portion set aside for “black and indigenous folks and their plant allies.”

Know what? We used to have a day to celebrate emancipation. It was called Lincoln’s Birthday. We also have the Fourth of July to celebrate all of our freedoms (the few we have left at any rate) which would include manumission. So being exclusive is not just pandering, it’s racist. Segregationalist. No.

Know what else? If you want to make Juneteenth a national holiday, then EVERYBODY gets to celebrate it. Because dem slaves didn’t free demselfs, now did they? So it’s something we should all be part of, or none of us. Because actually, it means jack shit, especially when more than the half the population didn’t even have ancestors here at the time.

I’m tired of this divisiveness. And I’m beyond tired of the pandering and the kow-towing. I don’t see all the Koreans having “We Escaped Communist Tyranny Day”. Heck no, they’re too busy working.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2020 at 12:26 PM   
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