All the key dates you need for the 2021/22 season are here, subject to change due to TV scheduling of course. They will need to hit the ground running. As I stand before a new crop of people, who think that this holy day, this shiny moment, is made for them to be closer to understanding “the Black experience,” I will urge them to consider whether they are willing to do the work of freedom. For them, this was part of a last stand to hold onto slavery as long as possible. I often wonder what kind of people would stand by as their entire region squeezed every ounce of blood and sweat out of free people for cotton, tobacco, profit and power, as if doing so would grant them some historic rewrite to the end of the war. As a Black performance poet in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, these humid summer months not only offer me time to gather with my family around slow-roasted brisket and watch my friends cannonball in crystal-clear lakes to avoid the heat, but they provide a guaranteed phone call to perform some socially-stirring poem at any one of the dozens of Juneteenth celebrations that emerge around the greater Texas region.
I take a certain pride in coming together with my community to celebrate being Black and to acknowledge the types of oppression our ancestors overcame. We usually gather at a community center, church or neighborhood park. Bennett, a community college teacher and part time real estate broker, convinced authorities to allow Jason to leave the correctional school he was in for a ‘last chance’ normal public High School education in Fremont. The court in the high school and junior high basketball gym measures 84 feet long by 50 feet wide. If you can dream it, we can help you build and finance the backyard basketball court of your dreams! Third, the company setting up the court. The company did not release specifics on the case, and whether the reaction was caused by the vaccine or was coincidental is still unclear, The New York Times reported. I’m still trying to internalize it all. “It’s great that at the core of what I’m trying to do, it’s resonating and being seen,” said Miles. “I think Jake does a really good job of just being out in the world and existing as he is, and he is Black.
This was less than 50 miles from where a construction crew unearthed the Sugar Land 95 and the chains that held their Black bodies in bondage during a convict leasing program in the late 1800s. This was also 30 minutes from the place Floyd called home. Most people outside of the Lone Star State are just being introduced to this holiday as part of the trendy interest in “the Black experience” that followed the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. But as the swell of interest around Juneteenth has grown this year, this intimate look at Black survival has shifted to street vendors with Juneteenth T-shirts and keychains of Black fists. It is the same interest that pushed books such as White Fragility and How to Be an Antiracist to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. We are not juxtapositions to white people. Not the people companies hire “just so they can say we’re diverse,” he said. We’re “in a space where we still have to explain that Black people exist in the world just as anybody else. It’s a simple thing that Black people have been preaching forever, Carter says. With legislative efforts to remove critical race theory from classrooms gaining steam and police reform making few changes in the way that Black lives are treated, I find myself conflicted as June 19 rolls around again.
What would my ancestors think of the way we are popularizing their extended suffering? Because when you hear Jordan Brand, you think elite. Then I didn’t hear anything else, so I was like, ‘I don’t know if this is really gonna happen or not.’ But a little over a week after going home from the bubble, I had a Zoom meeting with the brand, and they were like, ‘We want you.’ And everything that they presented to me, I felt like, ‘This is a match made in heaven.’ … It was then that we realized that we were only miles away from where Sandra Bland was found dangling in a jail cell. I like to make a list of players presently injured and unsigned, and then alter the list up until the time of the draft. Just like white people. So how do you avoid these dodgy gifts and buy something that’s both original, a little bit special and that the man in question will actually like?