By on June 17, 2022

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Our corporate overlords have declared Juneteenth a holiday, and so it be declared that we, too, will be taking the day off.

Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 — and long-time readers will remember we took it off in 2020. Our parent company skipped it in 2021, but it’s back on the calendar.

The holiday celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans and African-American culture more generally.

As for us, we’ll be back Tuesday — if you’re ready for Corey’s next part in the Lamborghini series, look for it mid-morning.

I’m aware race can be a fraught issue (it shouldn’t be, but that’s not the world we live in) so please play nice in the comments. Racist and bigoted comments will get the banhammer.

See you Tuesday.

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66 Comments on “Housekeeping: We’re Off Monday to Honor Juneteenth...”


  • avatar
    Mike Beranek

    We should certainly celebrate the end of slavery in America. Hopefully someday, we’ll be able to celebrate the end of Jim Crow too.

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      One can hope.

      • 0 avatar
        Detroit-X

        ‘Slavery’ in the U.S. was 5% of the world’s total back then. Basic world history. This hardly makes the U.S. the ‘evil country’ all this media stuff suggests. And of course we all know, blacks in Africa owned slaves, blacks in Africa also sold slaves. This terrible thing is contained in the topic of: Human Nature.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff S

          @Detroit-X–True and slavery exists still in many parts of the World but it doesn’t make it right. “Man’s inhumanity to man.” We should all strive to do better.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Psh. Who cares about Jim Crow…we have Jim Eagle now! And if you don’t agree with that then you are just Bull Connor…and you ain’t black, unlike the great Negro pitcher Satchel Paige.

      Now let’s see if quoting the President gets moderator action.

    • 0 avatar
      Carmass87

      What are you even babbling about? There are affirmative action/preferential hiring policies in virtually every corporation, university, ad agency, and government agency in the country.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        And yet even with those programs in place, study after study keeps showing that people whose resumes contain visible indicia of Blackness are less likely to get interviewed than others with identical qualifications. Almost as if they were a response to a really deeply entrenched problem.

        • 0 avatar
          Carmass87

          The reverse is true. There is actual institutionalized racism against white people (and against Asians when it comes to college admissions). Sorry if the facts don’t fit your narrative.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            You can prattle all you want but the research shows I’m right.

            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-29/job-applicants-with-black-names-still-less-likely-to-get-the-interview

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            “..there is actual institutionalized racism against white people…”

            Funny, I’m White, and I’m 58, and I’ve never experienced bigotry because of my race. Unlike most White folks, however, I know exactly what bigotry feels like, thanks to being Jewish. I know it when I see it. I know it when I feel it. And I’ve seen and felt it happening to any number of Black people over the years – friends, co-workers, acquaintances, even my kid’s boyfriend. Sometimes the bigotry is a secondhand story, but I’ve seen it happen right in front of my face. And I’ve seen it enough to know that it’s very much ingrained in American life.

            So…just tell yourself that White folks suffer bigotry as much as you want. It does happen. But it happens infinitely more often more to people who aren’t White, and I’m sorry if that particular fact doesn’t fit YOUR narrative.

            Happy Juneteenth, by the way.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Tell us about some of those “visible identica of blackness”. Your comment is kind of meaningless without that context.

          • 0 avatar
            Astigmatism

            Black-sounding names and membership in organizations with “Black” in the name (e.g. “Society of Black Engineers”) are two of the most notable ones.

            https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/minorities-who-whiten-job-resumes-get-more-interviews

      • 0 avatar
        Mike Beranek

        Cool, thanks for proving my point!

    • 0 avatar
      SaulTigh

      Absolutely NOTHING is preventing you or anyone else from going down and registering to vote. Black people, old people, newly minted American people are all capable of obtaining an ID and showing it at a polling place.

      My biggest objection to Juneteenth is that it’s given the laziest of people…government employee union members, yet another paid holiday.

      I also find it ironic that Juneteenth (June 19th) will pretty much always fall on Father’s day weekend (third Sunday in June). This from a racial group with the highest percentage of out-of-wedlock births (70%), and that does not seem to value fathers or fatherhood very much.

      Oh, if only IRONY were a drug I could roll up and smoke.

      • 0 avatar
        Astigmatism

        But enough about Herschel Walker…

      • 0 avatar
        Mike Beranek

        Um, it falls on Father’s Day weekend because that’s when the history happened.
        In other words, Juneteenth came long before Father’s Day.

      • 0 avatar
        Mike Beranek

        Too bad “registration to vote” isn’t “voting”. Republican-controlled jurisdictions have a habit of closing polling places in some neighborhoods and opening more in others. If you compare the demographics of said areas, there is a clear indication of systematic racism that is purely Jim Crow.

    • 0 avatar
      Urlik

      I am amused they took a uniquely Texas holiday that celebrates an event three years after Lincoln freed the slaves to be a Federal holiday though. Never even heard of it until I moved to Texas.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Finally screwed up my courage to watch Biden’s Kimmel appearance from start to finish:

    Good news: Don’t sweat high gasoline prices, because the price of insulin is coming down.

    Pretty sure they solved racism in that interview too (right here if you’re so busy):

    .

  • avatar
    Carmass87

    What are you even babbling about? There are affirmative action/preferential hiring policies in virtually every corporation, university, ad agency, and government agency in the country.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    At least they put this holiday when the weather’s decent.
    King Day not so much.

  • avatar
    macmcmacmac

    I wonder if anything is happening on July 1st?

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      Well, there’s International Joke Day … but somehow, I suspect that’s not the holiday you were alluding to?

      https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/joke-day/

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    Ask not what your country can do for you…especially if it’s a free holiday. Damn this repression! ; >

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    I think we found all the poor, confused, hard working and VERY deserving, under appreciated and EXTREMELY entitled white people. Come on, you know who you are!

  • avatar
    agroal

    And I just stopped following TTAC. Most blacks know even less about this silly made up holiday than you claim to. A race to the bottom to pander. How virtuous. Go woke, go broke.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike Beranek

      Please explain to us why being “woke” is a bad thing.

      • 0 avatar
        Dave M.

        They’re just scared at the loss of life-long privilege. It’s a new day. Progress sometimes causes pain. But progress can’t be stopped.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “Please explain to us why being “woke” is a bad thing.”

        Explain how it’s good.

        Going “woke” is evil. Men can get pregnant, men can compete against women as long as they wake up that day and declare they are a woman, paying reparations in states that never even allowed slavery, going soft on crime (SF and LA), bringing children to drag shows, etc.

        Christ even Bill Maher rails against wokeism.

    • 0 avatar
      sirwired

      Commemorating the day when the last slaves in America were finally freed is not a “made-up holiday.” It’s an actual important historical event that occurred on June 19th. This is not a Hallmark-Holiday that someone invented out of whole cloth to sell greeting cards.

      And if the comment sections are any indication, TTAC is pretty strong in the Angry White Guy demographic; taking Juneteenth off is hardly “pandering”.

      I’m pretty sure you are not the least bit qualified to speak to what “most blacks” do or don’t know.

    • 0 avatar
      Urlik

      It’s not a made-up holiday per se but it was a uniquely Texas holiday that is now a Federal holiday. It’s been a Texas state holiday for over 4 decades.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    “Most blacks know even less about this silly made up holiday than you claim to. A race to the bottom to pander. How virtuous. Go woke, go broke.”

    REPLY

    “On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

    The holiday is also called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/article/juneteenth-day-celebration.html
    June 19 has been celebrated ever since I can remember and is very significant especially if you are Black. Do I need to explain there was slavery in the US and there was a Civil War from 1861 to 1865 to end it. Schools must not be teaching American History along with not teaching handwriting (schools teach keying and stopped teach cursive writing) . Our educational system has really gone down hill. The dumbing down of America.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    As a Canadian I have ‘no dog in this fight’.

    I do greatly dislike the phrase Canada Day, a name created by Trudeau the elder. It was previously Dominion Day, a name with some class/dignity and history to it. Legally we were The Dominion of Canada. I believe that some American states are also ‘dominions’. Prior to the elder Trudeau ‘firecracker day’ was held on Victoria Day. He changed that to Canada Day. And Victoria Day is another term rarely used anymore, instead we hear of ‘The May long weekend’ or ‘May two-four’.

    As for America and racism. The ruling elite in the USA have long used racism/ the fear of the other to obscure the actual issue which is class division. Europeans who have education in and knowledge of the differences between fascism, communism, autocracy, social democracy and socialism understand the considerable differences between these philosophies/types of government. Most Americans do not. And rather than establishing a class consciousness in the USA, Americans are too often divided along racial or ethnic grounds.

    The American elite/establishment continues to benefit from this, using the same divide and rule along racial/ethnic lines tactic that they have used for centuries.

    It’s too bad that Americans do not acknowledge or see this ‘elephant in the room’.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      @Arthur–Well said and the leadership uses it to “divide and conquer.”

    • 0 avatar
      Mike Beranek

      On Dominion day, do Canadians dress up as Changelings, Vortas, and Jem H’Dar?

      • 0 avatar
        Arthur Dailey

        I had to look those references up, not being a Trekkie.

        Canada was created by the British North America Act in 1867. It was proclaimed on July 1st of that year. Rather than being the Kingdom of Canada, we became The Dominion of Canada. Our national motto reflects this.

        Dominion of Canada is the country’s formal title. “A Mari usque ad Mare” or “From sea to sea,” is Canada’s official motto. It is taken from the Old Testament of the Bible, Psalm 72, Verse 8: “He shall have dominion from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”

        • 0 avatar
          Mike Beranek

          Yeah, I knew all that. I just thought it would be funny to see Hugh Rowland dressed up like a Jem H’Dar.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            I shudder to think of truckers strung out on Ketracel White.

            A few years back, I wanted “NX-74205” as a personalized plate, only to be told by some Vorta at the State of Colorado that it was not available. However, there is a car here in Denver with “NCC-1701” plates. Lucky bas*ard.

            Have you checked out “Strange New Worlds” yet? It’s real, real good stuff.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Nice Deep Space 9 reference. I liked Avery Brooks more as Hawk.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Now Juneteenth is holiday?!

    Minoritarianism run amok.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike Beranek

      I think we’ve had more than enough “majoritarianism”.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Tyranny of the minority.

        https://www.vox.com/2018/9/12/17850980/democracy-tyranny-minority-mob-rule-james-madison

        In hindsight John Conyers probably should have pushed for a Juneteenth holiday bill as opposed to Dr. MLK since it makes more sense then and now. However Conyers the Soviet stooge -if not worse- may have simply been following Kremlin orders for subversion:

        “However, in the current hothouse climate regarding Russian spies and lies in our nation’s capital, Conyers’ ties to the Kremlin need to be discussed. From the beginning of his political career, Conyers had close relations with prominent members of the Communist Party USA, and he was a longtime member of the National Lawyers Guild, a CPUSA-affiliated group, as well as a leader of its Detroit chapter. Conyers never made much effort to mask his associations with known CPUSA members, even after being elected to Congress. Keep in mind that, as proven by KGB files, the CPUSA was a wholly-owned Kremlin operation, clandestinely funded by Soviet spies, and operating under Moscow’s direction.

        Conyers went further and associated with known KGB fronts. He was long active in the World Peace Council—which sounds like a Quaker-run group but was founded by the Kremlin at the beginning of the Cold War. The WPC followed the Moscow line religiously, serving as a conduit for KGB Active Measures against the West, regularly denouncing American “war-mongering” and “imperialism” while coordinating anti-NATO protests in many countries.

        With the publication of the Mitrokhin archive in 1999, the KGB’s supervisory relationship to the WPC was made public, though it was obvious long before to anyone who wanted to see that the latter was a leading Kremlin front for espionage and propaganda. Not that Conyers was deterred from involvement with the WPC, and he helped establish its American chapter, the U.S. Peace Council. He addressed its inaugural meeting in Philadelphia in November 1979, alongside numerous KGB agents, including Romesh Chandra, a prominent Indian Communist who headed the WPC for decades and was a senior operative of the Soviet secret police.”

        https://observer.com/2017/11/john-conyers-accused-of-sexual-harassment-but-his-kgb-ties-are-worse/

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Celebrating a day when people were freed from slavery is a marked upgrade over celebrating a guy who enslaved people everywhere he went.

    • 0 avatar
      SoCalMikester

      youre free to keep your hood on and not celebrate. nobody cares.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Oh my….

  • avatar
    AK

    Good job having comments turned on for this one. Real smart.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Imagine that moment. Probably tremendous confusion, fear, relief for some and terror for others. No electricity/phones/cars, spotty newspaper coverage, illiteracy…. can’t imagine the overwhelming bewilderment that must have taken place.

  • avatar
    TDIGuy

    Nice pictures, but what’s that beside the Corvair? I thought it was an old two-door Blazer, but the wheel arches are wrong?

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