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We will bend the arc toward justice #juneteenth

Like most Americans, I was not taught about Juneteenth in school. In fact, much of our history is white-washed, quite literally.

Juneteenth is the celebration of the day, one hundred and fifty-five years ago today, when the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas and news of the Emancipation Proclamation — signed two years earlier — finally reached the farthest corner of America.

This Juneteenth, of course, comes at a powerful moment in our nation's history. In the midst of a pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Americans have gathered peacefully to speak out for racial justice and civil rights.

In any crisis — economic, health, natural disaster — it is almost always true that Black families bear the greatest brunt of the pain. That's because of the systemic racism in our institutions, the deeply embedded racism in our culture, and the generational impact of centuries of racism.

I also know that I do not have the lived experience of Black residents in our community. In Congress, I will listen to those whose lives are impacted by racism and I will bring them into the conversation about how we stop racism, save Black lives, protect civil rights, and bend the arc toward justice.

This is not an easy conversation. Too often, too many of us choose to opt out of making the hard choices that it will take to end racism. But this is a conversation we must have and these are hard choices we must make.

America is for everyone. Especially those upon whose backs America was built.

Today, we honor Juneteenth. Tomorrow, we get back to work.


Posted on June 19, 2020.

For 25 years, I have been a common-sense businessman — not a career politician — so I look at things differently. I know about fixing dysfunction. It starts with hard work, a commitment to results, and perseverance — not scoring cheap political points. We can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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