Juneteenth was first celebrated in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1866.
It marked the one-year anniversary of the day that slaves in the state first learned about the Emancipation Proclamation.
Celebrations at the time featured prayer meetings, singing spiritual songs and wearing new clothes to signify newfound freedom.
This formed the beginning of the Juneteenth tradition that was celebrated for more than 100 years in Texas before becoming a state holiday in 1980, and then a national holiday on June 16, 2021.
So it should come as no surprise that schools have started celebrating this joyous holiday.
But what might come as a surprise is the manner in which Guilford High School chose to celebrate the holiday this year.
It started off with all of the high school students being escorted into the gym for what they understood to be a mandatory presentation.
The students were all asked to stand for a playing of the divisive black national anthem, even though the US has only one official national anthem. All of the students felt not only compelled to stand but also to loudly applaud at the end because they knew that lack of participation would result in social suicide. Just look at what happened when Kari Lake declined to stand for the black national anthem at that NFL game. She was called horrible, hateful and racist for suggesting that the US has only one national anthem, not one for each race.
While the school's presentation included some facts about black history, it also showcased a group of girls dancing in short-shorts while wearing fishnet stockings and crop tops that exposed their navels. The girls wore high heels and danced seductively across the stage. Was this a nod to the Juneteenth tradition of wearing new clothes to represent newfound freedom? And if so, exactly what newfound freedom were the girls celebrating by wearing fishnet stockings and short-shorts? The freedom to be slutty?
A moment of silence was held for "black lives lost to police brutality" which included reciting a list of names such as Brianna Taylor and George Floyd. Students were expected to bow their heads in silence to show proper respect. Then students joined together in a chant of "no justice, no peace" while holding their fists in the air, as if they were suddenly transported into the middle a Black Lives Matter "peaceful protest". But this was supposed to be about Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation, not a meeting of the Social Justice Warrior club.
The peer pressure to join in the chants was felt by the students. Everyone was expected to participate, and if you didn't, you would most certainly be viewed as a horrible, hateful racist just like Kari Lake was. Teenagers already have enough on their minds these days. Why would any teen want to risk being viewed as an ugly racist?
Forget about individuality, the expectation for this event was clear -- all students were to yield and give their complete support to the progressive agenda that was on full display at Guilford. No questions or pushback would be allowed. Also no photography was allowed. Probably because parents would have been upset at what they saw.
What should have been a celebration of a joyous time in history was instead corrupted and turned into a liberal political statement and indoctrination session.
The students of Guilford should not be used as pawns in a political game like this.
Leave the kids alone!