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Opinion: No decent, thinking American would vote against Juneteenth holiday
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President Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Washington. From left, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., Opal Lee, Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., obscured, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.

As a constituent, albeit unwillingly, of Rep. Andrew Clyde, I have to ask, with true bewilderment, why he chose to vote against making June 19 (Juneteenth) a national holiday. I understand some of his other actions and votes, even though I strongly disapprove. 

He is wasting tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit against security in the Capitol because he thinks Americans ought to be able to carry guns anywhere regardless of the danger to others, as long as they’re White and agree with him politically. 

He voted against congressional resolutions to honor the police who protected Congress and the vice president during the treasonous Capitol insurrection because he is terrified of Donald Trump and Trump’s followers. He made himself, and by extension everyone in his district, national laughingstocks with his “normal tourist experience” remark for the same reason. 

But why would any decent, thinking American vote against a holiday that commemorates the release of millions of our fellow citizens from the horror of human bondage? Clyde was joined by 17 other Republicans, and it’s tempting to say they all had their reasons, but I think it’s fair to say they all did it for only one reason, and it’s necessary to be completely blunt in saying it. Even if they are not personally racists, they know that too many of their voters are. No decent, thinking American would vote against the Juneteenth holiday. None did.

Bryan Sorohan


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