Juneteenth and the Need to Look Inward
Updated: Jun 20, 2020
For better and worse - 2020 has been nothing if not enlightening. There's hard lessons being learned, and re-learned across this country - lessons that are too familiar and yet still appallingly new to many young athletes. So, today, an unofficial yet revered holiday - let's remember what it means to truly and candidly look inward. As a person, a community, or a country.
This day, June 19, is an opportunity to look inward at our history with an unabashed honesty. It's a day to recognize both our boldest flaws and the better fortunes ahead.
By now you should know what the day honors - the Federal Government's reading of Federal Order #3 in the US Territory of Texas in 1865 - effectively ending slavery in what was then some of the US' most remote land,
Despite being nearly two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, with the Civil War drawing to a close, and end of the American Confederacy near, it was not until June 19, 1865 that the final dismantling of slavery began in the United States.
Despite efforts and etchings like the one at left having been distributed throughout Confederate States, It was not until nearly 18 months after The Proclamation that the words below were ordered by federal troops in Texas:
The full-text of Federal Order no. 3, as read this day in Texas, 1865.
As this holiday is recognized, celebrated and gains the understanding it deserves, We at RPM Athlete Performance hope you'll take a moment to recall our collective history, look inward, and consider the ways you can help create the better fortunes for which we all strive.