June 19th is observed by many African-American every year to mark the end of slavery. After the Civil War ended, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to spread news that the American Civil War had ended and along with it, Slavery. In the modern ongoing war against slavery, perhaps Twitter is going to be our modern day Union General Gordon Granger.
Twitter has upped their stand against voices against the Black Lives Matter movement silencing tweets and opinions that they deem fit. They began their nuanced stand by “fact checking” the President’s tweet and then deleting a tweet that they did not stood well with them. More than two years earlier President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery, however the practice continued for a couple of year in some parts of the country.
Perhaps the United States have not seen a tense situation like it does now since the Civil War. Massive protests have erupted all throughout the United States and in several other parts of the world where people of color have been neglected or in some cases, even harassed. Jack Dorsey’s social media handle make the announcement to declare June 19th a company handle with a series of tweets beginning with saying that the day could be a “day for celebration, education, and connection”.
“Both Twitter and Square are making #Juneteenth (June 19th) a company holiday in the US, forevermore. A day for celebration, education, and connection,” Dorsey’s tweet read. Furthermore, last week Jack announced that he would be making a $3 million donation to former NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp in order to “Advance the Liberation and Well-Being” of minority communities.
Kaepernick’s protests are heavily condemned by conservative figures including Twitter’s main target in hand – The President of the United States.