By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington City Council had a short meeting, only around an hour. Did you miss Tim Gleason’s announcement Bloomington got named the happiest city in America?
Since the City is full of happy people and all the problems are fixed, bring on Public Art and Juneteenth.
Jeff Crabill forgot to mention the new local edition of public art. It will surely inspire young residents to reach for the stars!
Joni Painter is worried about the City getting stuck with the bill, like the underpass mural added a few years ago. The City will be budgeting something but they have hopes private donations will cover the cost.
51:04 – Hear Mboka’s vision for Juneteenth. He wants programs to involve the whole City. He prefers a weekend instead of giving employees a day off with pay because to many other people would be working. He also thinks letting people off work early might work.
Kim Bray follows. She believes the entire city can come together to celebrate. (If we build it they will come)
Tari Renner bloviates next, he thinks not taking a day off cheapens the holiday.
Jenn Carrillo thinks July 4th is culturally celebrated on whatever day it falls. Just like Tari, not taking a day off work for Juneteenth cheapens it. She wants to take the lead in recognizing it in hopes it becomes a federal holiday.
Keep in mind, Juneteenth is a holiday only to celebrate how slow news traveled in the 19th century. Evidently celebrating a northern victory over the southern racists isn’t nearly as important. The murder of Abraham Lincoln by a southerner upset he freed the slaves isn’t very important either. In case you don’t know, that was April 14, 1865. The date the slaves in Texas found out they were free was June 19, 1865. Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 didn’t free anyone. The Civil War still has to be fought.
The point is, many dates could be celebrated that are far more important. Why this one?
Mboka has been discussing this with a group pushing for more black history. Heroes like black Founding Fathers and the first blacks to serve in Congress must not be worth it, maybe because they were Republicans.
Replacing Columbus with Indigenous People’s day will get a hearing in November. The goal is to erase culture and history.
Congrats happy Bloomington!