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Pharrell Williams Calls for Paid Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations — 'We Deserve That, You Know?'

Pharrell Williams Calls for Paid Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations — 'We Deserve That, You Know?'

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Monday on CNBC, Grammy award-winning musician Pharrell Williams discussed his effort to get Juneteenth declared a national holiday, which he argued should also be a paid holiday.

Williams said, “As Americans we love, and we appreciate Independence Day, but when July 4, 1776 took place, the only ones that were free from the British monarchy were our white brothers. The white sisters could not vote the Native Americans where we get this land from, they were not free and certainly the African-Americans, women, and men, we didn’t have our freedom either in fact if everyone that is listening at home or watching at home just imagined a day or what it feels like to wake up in a world where you don’t own the land, the air, you don’t own anything everything comes from the express permission of your white brothers some of them.”

“By the way, so when you think about you know June 19, and I’m giving you the background, you think about June 19 that marks a two-year period where we were supposed to be freed, but we had not been still,” he continued. “So when that information reached Galveston, Texas, oh, okay, now we’re free we were supposed to be free two years earlier. For us, we feel like the day that we were freed, everyone was freed. So why not make that a paid holiday? We deserve that, you know? There is a word that scares so many people. It is called reparations, and we deserve that, too. I think the first thing we should do is really, you know, we don’t want to take away the Independence Day that we have, we just also want a day that is inclusive of everyone.”

Williams added, “Our biggest issue as a nation is that we always feel like we know how to read the room, maybe because we own the room. But perhaps we have forgotten who actually did the labor. So the action points here, talking to corporations and legislatures, and leaders around the world is making Juneteenth a paid holiday for employees in the United States. Then we would like a day to recognize the emancipation of enslaved people.”

Host David Faber asked, “I’m curious what is your sense here, what will define success for you. MLK Day has been a national holiday for a long time. I think only about 40% of employers give it as a paid holiday still, and that is with many years of it being a national holiday — what are your hopes here and what are you hearing not just those that already support it, but perhaps those on the fence?”

Williams replied, “Well, we have to face our hubris. We have to face our privilege. And it is absolutely hubris and privilege for someone to not adhere to a state-regulated paid holiday. For me, I would love to just say yeah, around the world, we have acknowledged the emancipation of enslaved people, but that is not enough. Before you can get to that part, you have to start with your heart. You to start with your heart, and we have convenient blind spots in this nation, and we’re comfortable with being tone-deaf.”

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This article was originally published by Breitbart News.

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  • OLD_WISE_ONE
    July 1, 2020 at 10:31 am Reply

    *A key point is that Europe and the rest of the world traded slaves for
    centuries before the US was formed in 1776. In less than 89 years the US
    righted that wrong with a really nasty war from 1861~1865. That was a white
    war for the benefit of the black family. And the BLM Bolsheviks say whites
    are the problem? Whites have been unwinding systemic racism since the
    nation was born. Not Africa. *

    *The argument here is not whether Jesus was white . . . the argument here
    SHOULD be how does tearing down religious symbols change the current issues
    at hand? These people have lost all direction and are just lashing out at
    anything they don’t like, and if we can’t figure how to stop them, our
    empire will crumble as all great empires have in history.
    Every ethnic and demographic group that has come to America has experienced
    some form of racism.
    Yet they all seem to overcome it and achieve success – all except one
    group – Blacks. They use slavery
    and racism as an excuse for not succeeding. If the Blacks would only focus
    on education, family unity,
    hard work, and wealth acquisition – like every other group – they would
    discover the American Dream.
    Instead they sit and cry about something that ended 155 years ago and blame
    everyone except
    themselves for their own failures. And then after they watch every other
    group achieve success they
    DEMAND that they be GIVEN, WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR THEMSELVES, what they fail to even try to achieve. To all my
    friends here, (Left and Right), I used to really get upset with people in
    these comments. But now that we
    have people terrorizing our country it is time to stop and think.
    We are all playing baby baseball with our political arguments. In truth
    there are small, but powerful movements
    that are working in our country to strip away our rights, our culture, etc.
    The young minions out
    there tearing up statues and creating chaos are mostly young people looking
    for their Facebook 15 minutes of fame and
    do not even understand the half of what they are destroying. What these
    ignorant foot soldiers are doing is helping
    along a movement to overthrow our government. The leaders of these people
    are not there for Dems or Republicans
    and they play on everyone’s hatred of one or the other. Those leaders of
    the ignorant foot soldiers are dividing so
    they can conquer. This is the perfect time to do it while our manufacturing
    of goods and medicines are overseas. but, what laws govern these actions? Go online, or a public library or buy a BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY LIKE MY COPY OF THE 6TH EDITION 1891-1991; RIOT; A LONG READ THAT RESULTS WITH; EQUAL TO SEDITION; PG, 1357, 2ND COLUMN, THEN SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY, FOLLOWED BY SEDITIOUS LIBEL AND ENDS WITH SEDITIOUS SPEECH. RESULT; EQUAL TO TREASON PAGE 1501 2ND COLUMN !! TREASON IS FOLLOWED BY HIGH TREASON AND THEN TREASONABLE.! FINAL VERDICT IF FOUND GUILTY!
    THE MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY.
    We are in the middle of a pandemic and people are supercharged and angry,
    anyway. While we all
    fight about who has uglier deck chairs on the Titanic, these people are
    getting under the very skin of America.
    Wake up. When I was bored or looking for trouble as a teenager, my dad
    put me to work. Solved every issue I ever had . . .*BLM? 95% OF ALL BLACK LIVES MURDERED ARE MURDERED BY OTHER BLACK PEOPLE. SO TO WHOM DO THOSE LIVES MATTER? THE BLM ORGANIZATION DOESN’T SEEM TO CARE ENOUGH TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM!

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