This past weekend, on the 19th of June Black people across the globe celebrated Juneteenth. So what really is Juneteenth about? The word Juneteenth is a bled of the word June and nineteenth. It celebrates the abolition of slavery under the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation under president Lincoln. The 19th of June 1865 was the day that this proclamation was belatedly announced in Texas.
It is June again and that means here in Hong Kong it is Pride month. Whenever this month rolls around we brace ourselves for the conversations that are going to be had within our communities, and in specific the African community. The argument that often heard when on this topic is that pride/ queerness/ homosexuality/ etc is ‘not African’.