U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Juneteenth has drawn widespread backlash, given the significance of the holiday for Black Americans and the history of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.
The last Black Americans to be liberated from slavery were told they were emancipated on June 19, 1865, which became known as Juneteenth, a special day of observance and celebration.
The scheduled “Make America Great Again” rally that the campaign announced this week carries heavier weight as demonstrators march nationwide to demand an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
In an interview with Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner, Trump acknowledged that he knew the significance of the date, but said the rally wasn’t scheduled then “for that reason” and will be “a celebration”.
Many Black elected officials, journalists, and leaders in Tulsa have criticized the decision.
“This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists—he’s throwing them a welcome home party”, tweeted Senator Kamala Harris, a leading contender for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s VP nomination.
Source: Now This