I have appreciated The Post’s articles celebrating Juneteenth, but it seems that an important aspect of that event and a vital lesson have largely been ignored.
The enslaved people of Texas had been freed by the federal government, yet that freedom had been denied them until the government appeared on the scene to enforce their rights. We see that same scenario even today, most recently in the Republican-controlled states that passed laws blatantly designed to suppress the votes of their Black constituents. This time, however, the Republicans in Congress, aided and abetted by Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), killed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act and permitted those states to subvert the freedom of their Black populations.