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Twitter roundup: Ohio State staff and athletes celebrate Juneteenth

Ryan Day, Gene Smith and others took to Twitter to recognize Juneteenth (June 19), which celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States.

A protester holds up a fist outside the state house during... Photo by Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Today, June 19, is “Juneteenth” and if you’re unsure of what this holiday represents, you’re not alone. I learned about this day just last week when SB Nation announced that it would be a company holiday.

Juneteenth is an annual celebration for the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday commemorates this day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Texas to ensure ALL enslaved people were freed, even though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation happened two and half years prior. This date serves as a reminder that “nobody is free until everybody is freed.”⁣

After I looked it up, I was shocked. How have I not known about this holiday my whole life? We should have been taught this in the first grade. How is this not a PTO holiday? Why did it take until the year 2020— over a hundred years later— for states and companies to recognize such an important event in American history?!

But I digress. The important thing is that, little by little, change is happening. We are recognizing and educating ourselves on important Black history events and finally having open conversations about anti-racism. That’s a step in the right direction, and, unlike other college football leaders who can’t seem to read the room, Ohio State has been doing an incredible job with all of the above. Here’s what Ryan Day, Gene Smith and other current and former Buckeyes had to say in honor of Juneteenth.

Your first reaction to Day’s statements and actions regarding the Black Lives Matter movement might be “well yeah, he has to say that.” But the thing is, he doesn’t. Day does not have to say these things, and is risking the approval of many (dimwits)— some of which might be donors— by doing so. The “Stick to Sports” crowd does not like when the athletes on their favorite team speak their minds on political, or in this case humanitarian issues, and I can’t imagine they like having their head coach promote such behavior.

I am so incredibly proud to support a team who’s led by a man who wants to “continue the dialogue” and “encourage change,” rather than other coaches (who shall not be named) who would rather keep their mouths shut as to not risk their state turning on them.

But, I digress (again).