NEED FOR JUNETEENTH
Due to the state of African American communities in the USA, the Juneteenth Chicago
(JC) celebration is vital to the sustainability of the African American community-socially, financially and spiritually.
JC is a celebration for Africans in the entire Diaspora. It is an outlet for African Americans to celebrate their past, present, and future of a community that
is in dyer need for unity and empowerment.
Over 300 years experienced in slavery’s brutality and unnaturalness constituted
a severe psychological and social shock in the minds of African-Americans (Africans living in America). Many of the social and political problems in the African American community clearly have roots in slavery. The self-fulfilling prophesy of the Willie Lynch theory is consciously and subconsciously
practiced in today’s society. Lynch laid out in his speech delivered to
his fellow slave owners in 1712 the method to keeping slaves in physical and mental slavery, “Don’t forget you
must pitch the old black vs. the young black males, and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skinned slaves vs. the light skin slaves. You
must use the female vs. the male, and the male vs. the female. You must always
have your servants and OVERSEERS distrust all blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us.” He concluded his speech by saying “My plan is guaranteed, and the good thing
is if used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.”
Today, there are over
two million Americans incarcerated in Federal and State prisons and local jails throughout the Untied States. More than one-half, or one million, are black men and women between the ages of 18-24. Imprisonment is only one of many issues that African Americans have to deal with continually. With the never ending negativity that the society portrays about the African American people, it