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Juneteenth Not The Same Anymore


Back in the day as a kid, I enjoyed going to the Juneteenth festival in the 1980's.  It was not as crazy as it is now.

You had your usual drunks talking nonsense when you walked past them. I remembered Juneteenth staying open until midnight.  Somewhere along the way, other people had to spoil the fun.

Many white people think that black people act uncivilized down at Juneteenth, which stretches from W. Burleigh to W. Center Sts. right on MLK Dr.

I will admit that we don't need cops walking on foot, riding on bicycles or driving their squad cars and motorcycles to keep us in line.

After some of the black politicians got up on stage and talked about black issues and the dirty things that the Republicans did in passing recent laws, some of them were nowhere to be found.  County exec Chris Abele, a white guy, could've upped his street cred if he could stand and chill without his black aide next to him.

These days, black people don't care if the district police station is near the location where they had Juneteenth.  There's no respect for the cops, especially if they're lunging at them with a knife or shooting back at them.

A lot of black people won't go to the Juneteenth celebration because some people act up when they shut it down around 6 p.m.  White media love taking pictures of some young blacks fighting in the streets, and that makes us look bad on TV and makes the perception that we act like animals true.

I went because every time they have it, it's on a work day.  Some heavyset black women,though, should wear bigger clothes instead of letting their fat hang out and over their waistline.  Other black women who wear daisy dukes with their breasts hanging out are setting themselves up for danger.

The perception of Juneteenth won't scare me away.  If you think it's bad now, wait until next year when the concealed carry law is passed and some people might come to the festival packing.



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