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Juneteenth Will Be An Official Holiday In New York City Starting In 2021

  • June 19, 2020

“Our city has long prided itself as being a beacon, and in many ways we are, to the world,” de Blasio said. “But our city also has a very painful history. Slavery was alive and well in New York City for a long time. New York City gained much of its prominence and wealth from slavery. Redlining, discrimination of every form existed here in liberal, progressive New York City for generations. In too many ways, discrimination is alive and well today. Structural racism pervades this city, in ways that are still not acknowledged or recognized, and we have to change that.”

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