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Black Americans who are descendants of slaves celebrated the news that Congress approved Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
However, Rep. Cori Bush, a member of "The Squad", says that's not enough.
On Wednesday, June 16, the House of Representatives approved a bill making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday known as "National Independence Day."
Bush, a Democrat, is also calling for monetary reparations and "Black liberation."
"It's Juneteenth AND reparations. It's Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs," she tweeted on Wednesday night.
"It's Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It's Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country. Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized."
Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure for Juneteenth, saying another federal holiday will hurt small businesses financially.
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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the day African-Americans learned they had been emancipated. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas.
Juneteenth is recognized by 48 states and Washington DC. North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states that don't recognize the holiday.
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New York City has declared Juneteenth an official holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced that June 19 -- the date that slaves were emancipated in the U.S. -- is an official holiday.
Juneteenth is a Texas state holiday celebrated annually throughout the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger announcing in the city of Galveston, Texas, that all slaves in Texas were freed on June 19, 1865.
Mayor de Blasio's announcement comes as millions of Black Americans plan to observe the day as an official holiday this weekend.
"We'll work with all the unions to work through the plan, give this day the importance and recognition it deserves," de Blasio said in a press statement. "Every city worker, every student will have the opportunity to reflect the meaning of our history and the truth."
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Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an order making Juneteenth - also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day - a paid holiday for state workers.
California Senator Kamala Harris says she will push for legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
In related news, Snapchat removed a Juneteenth filter following backlash on Friday. The filter asked users to smile in order to break chains of slavery.
"We deeply apologize to the members of the Snapchat community who found this Lens offensive," a Snapchat spokesperson told CNN Business. "A diverse group of Snap team members were involved in developing the concept, but a version of the Lens that went live for Snapchatters this morning had not been approved through our review process."
Yesterday the Internet was abuzz with the news that Will Smith said his 14-year-old son Jaden asked for permission to be an emancipated minor.
Will made the statements in a recent interview in Tokyo. He said he approved Jaden's request to be emancipated from his parents so he could move into his own house on 15th birthday in July.
But today, Jaden is laughing off the comments made by his father (who people sometimes forget is a comedian).
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