While Juneteenth marks an incredibly important step in Black American rights, it was just that – one step. Juneteenth celebrated slavery becoming illegal, but it did not do away with racism; not even close. And yet, the history and spirit of Juneteenth make me hopeful.
My father was a quiet man. He was not one to engage in philosophical or political discussions. He did not tell people what to think or how to live.
Had Pop left me and my sister an ethical will, it would have emphasized love of mishpucha (family).