President Trump bowed to pressure on Friday night and announced that he would delay his upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., rather than hold it on the day that honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered a major holiday by many Black Americans.
The rally was originally set for next Friday, or June 19, the date known as Juneteenth, which marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and read the Emancipation Proclamation announcing that slaves had been freed, the last of the Confederate states to officially receive the news, reported The New York Times.
While I predicted June 17th would be a date to watch, it is becoming clearer that more danger may exist ahead for June 19, 2020.
One early commenter (Ra1119bee) at my posting "Take Heel on June 17" mentioned, "Also The Law of the Three is in play as well. So if your target is 17 then: June 14, 15, 16, and June 18, 19, 20 are all possible dates with the same 'energy' as your Target Date."
The 19th is now in focus.
The President of the United States appears to be creating a situation of theater of his own design. The choices for his proposed event is full of twilight language.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the White House announced that President Donald Trump will host his first rally in months on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
CNN observed: "The decision to hold a rally in Tulsa, a city with a checkered racial history, on June 19, or Juneteenth -- the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States -- is especially striking as the nation undergoes a conversation about racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing at the hands of police officers."
Juneteenth (a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth"), also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated on June 19. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation (signed by President Abraham Lincoln) — which had been issued on January 1, 1863 — was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas by Gordon Granger. Texas was the last Confederate State to have the proclamation announced, after the end of the American Civil War in April of that year. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and minimal fighting meant there were few Union troops present to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation until after the war ended.
"This isn't just a wink to white supremacists—he's throwing them a welcome home party," Harris tweeted Thursday [June 11, 2020]."
In the spring of 1921, a white mob leveled “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here, wounded prisoners ride in an Army truck during the martial law imposed by the Oklahoma governor in response to the race riot. (Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis)
“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
Statues of Confederate leaders and the explorer Christopher Columbus have been torn down in the US, as pressure grows on authorities to remove monuments connected to slavery and colonialism.
A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was toppled in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday night.
Statues of Columbus in Boston, Miami and Virginia have been vandalised.
A number of Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond have been marked with graffiti during the protests.
Richmond also saw a statue of Italian explorer Columbus pulled down, set alight and thrown into a lake earlier this week,.
A three-metre tall (10ft) bronze statue of Columbus was toppled in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday.
The Columbus statue in Boston, which stands on a plinth at the heart of town, was beheaded.
Many people in the US celebrate the memory of Columbus, who in school textbooks is credited with discovering "the New World", the Americas, in the 15th Century.
But Native American activists have long objected to honouring Columbus, saying that his expeditions to the Americas led to the colonisation and genocide of their ancestors.
Many cities and organisations have taken steps to remove Confederate symbols, which have long stirred controversy because of their association with racism.
Last week, for example, Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam announced that a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee would be removed from Richmond.
However, a judge has since granted a temporary injunction stopping the removal.
Stock-car racing organisers Nascar announced on Wednesday it was banning Confederate flags, frequently seen at races.
US President Donald Trump has meanwhile rejected calls to rename military bases named after Confederate generals, saying they remain part of America's heritage.
He tweeted: "The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations."
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On Thursday, Bristol City Council said it had retrieved the statue, which will be taken to a secure location before becoming a museum exhibit.
Earlier this week, a statue of noted slaveholder Robert Milligan was removed from outside the Museum of London Docklands.
And, during a Black Lives Matter protest in London last weekend, a statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square was sprayed with graffiti. Source.
CNN carried a tally of Confederate statues removed since George Floyd's death here. See also the Wikipedia lists, here and here.