A look at congressional records shows that despite presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s current support for recognizing Juneteenth, he didn’t sponsor or co-sponsor any of the six bills aimed at doing so while he served in the Senate.
Juneteenth is celebrated as freedom from slavery day, when slaves in Texas were told they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier and that the South had surrendered to end the Civil War.
The first two bills in 1997 and 2001 were introduced by Republicans in the Senate, and the other four by Democrats. Biden’s name was absent on all of them.
While Biden published an op-ed in Essence on Friday calling Juneteenth “a day of profound weight and power” and quoting the Psalms, he didn’t seem to care much about the date during any of his 36 years in the Senate.
But he sure does hope that jumping on the bandwagon now will smooth over some ruffled feathers with the black community over recent comments and long-ago law enforcement votes they aren’t finding helpful from the candidate.
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