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juneteenth - sorry, applies only to the US 
8th-Jun-2010 04:03 pm
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Without looking it up, please answer the following. (I apologize that this poll only applies to people from the United States)

In the first question, just go with your gut at to where you are "from" if you moved around a lot or whatever, just pick north or south. As for black, use your own definition.

Do you know what Juneteenth is?

yes, and I am from the south, and black
yes, and I am from the south and not black
yes, and I am from the north, and black
yes, and I am from the north and not black
no, and I am from the south and black
no, and I am from the south and not black
no, and I am from the north and black
no, and I am from the north and not black

Have you ever celebrated Juneteenth? like, when you were a kid or whatever?


Do you currently celebrate Juneteenth?


If you have one, please suggest a way for me to celebrate Juneteenth with my black stepson (i made this blank as big as i could, comment if you find your suggestion doesn't fit plz)

Juneteenth is June 19th, 1865, the day the slaves were officially freed in the South. It's celebrated in the South, and is a state holiday in 36 states (not a bank holiday, but a lot of people take a vacation day or a 1/2 day or whatever. Traditionally, there is a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, black people tell stories of their great-grandparents or other relatives who were slaves, some traditional songs like "swing low, sweet chariot" are sung, poetry or stories by black authors read. The town I grew up in was small, and our Emancipation park was small (Emancipation parks were areas freed people put their money together and purchased specifically for the purpose of celebrating Juneteenth) and we had a little fair thing with booths and music and dancing, and a big catfish fry (I don't know why our town celebrated everything with catfish, we just did. Catfish, Frito Pie, and Jello molds.) Larger cities had rodeos, celebrated famous black cowboys, etc. I was very suprised when I moved to the north to find out it's not only not celebrated, most people don't know what it is. I want to do something with my stepson, as I'm white and his mother (my girlfriend), who has custody, is not black, his other step-parent is Spanish, and his father is very ill right now - and all 4 of his parents are committed to him having a through understanding of all parts of his culture.
8th-Jun-2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Glad you included the explanation following the poll, because that's very good to know! =) I'd only heard of it but didn't know for sure what it was.

Then again, I live under a rock and am unaware of a lot of things. =/
8th-Jun-2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
No, and I am from the west and not black.

Edited at 2010-06-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
9th-Jun-2010 02:59 am (UTC)
I'm white, from the southwest, and was raised in a black family from the south (Louisiana). No idea what Juneteenth was before this poll, but I'd totally get in on the celebrations if they were held anywhere near me. I live in a predominantly black area in St. Louis, so maybe I'll ask my friends about it and see if they know :)
9th-Jun-2010 04:25 am (UTC)
I live in Salt Lake. I said I'm from the north, but I'm really from the middle. ;) Or just the west, since we're not so much defined by north and south out here.

Edited at 2010-06-09 04:27 am (UTC)
12th-Jun-2010 08:56 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of Juneteenth until this post. I was raised in the northeast (Boston), though I've lived in the south for the last 7 years (and also for a bit in the 80s and for four years in the 90s).
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