Wk26 // Juneteenth: Reflecting on History, Celebrating Progress, and Committing to Justice
Wk26 // Juneteenth: Reflecting on History, Celebrating Progress, and Committing to Justice
June 25, 2024

Juneteenth is a day of celebration and reflection. It marks the end of slavery in the United States and reminds us of the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought for freedom. However, the legacy of slavery continues to haunt us to this day, as we continue to grapple with its lasting effects on our society. One aspect of this legacy that is often overlooked is the role of slave traders, who were responsible for capturing and selling enslaved people to plantations across the country.

In the mid-19th century, slave traders faced significant risks and challenges in their line of work. The world was turning on their disgusting line of work so they sought out other ways to keep their gruesome business alive. Enslaved people were often prone to illness, injury, and even death during transport, and there was a growing anti-slavery movement that put pressure on lawmakers to enact legislation that would limit or abolish the slave trade. In response, some slave traders began to explore other forms of business that were more lucrative and less risky, such as shipping, cotton, or real estate. By diversifying their operations, they could build a more stable and secure financial foundation and protect themselves against losses. 

Talking about the ugly parts of American history can be very uncomfortable for many people and that’s why it is also important to acknowledge the progress that has been made since the end of slavery. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the hard-won victories of the past and the ongoing struggles for justice and equality. We have come a long way since the days of slavery, and we must continue to work towards a future where all people are free and equal.

To sum it up, the story of slave traders changing their occupation for insurance reasons is a dark chapter in American history, and it is important that we condemn their actions and acknowledge the harm they caused. At the same time, we must also recognize the progress that has been made and the ongoing struggle for justice and equality. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom and to recommit ourselves to the work of building a more just and equitable society for all.