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SEC, UK honor Juneteenth

The SEC and the University of Kentucky have both tweeted out statements regarding their support and celebration of Juneteenth, a day honoring the commemoration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

The SEC made the decision to close offices on Friday, June 19th, and encouraged staff to spend the day “serving, learning, engaging, or acting” in honor of the day.

This comes a day after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey condemned the Mississippi state flag, barring any SEC championships from being held in the state until the flag is changed. The University of Florida also came forward on Thursday, saying the “Gator Bait” chant will no longer be allowed at university sporting events due to the racial history that is associated with the phrase.

The University of Kentucky also tweeted in honor of Juneteenth, with a link to a Q&A session featuring a university professor for those who may have questions about the day and its meaning.

UK President Eli Capilouto also announced that starting in the 2020-21 academic year, Juneteenth will be a university holiday.

Article written by Abbigale Harrison

Covering KY news from DC. This should be fun. Twitter: @theabbiharrison

30 Comments for SEC, UK honor Juneteenth

  1. Mc12
    9:49 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand why Juneteenth became so prevalent (especially this year) as opposed to something like the ratification of the 13th amendment? Slavery still existed
    in the country after Juneteenth…and the ratification of the 13th amendment was at least more universal and applicable to more of the country. Whatever though.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      4:17 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Because its an election year. I had never heard of Juneteenth in my life. But all of this going on (Covid as far as how bad it is, Rioting/Protesting that is being paid for) is a leftist ploy that is going on for the election in an attempt to get Trump out of office.

  2. terwilliger
    9:56 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Can somebody tell me why it’s called “Juneteenth” ? Why not just call it “emancipation day” or even “freedom day” ?

    • UKFanSC
      9:40 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Couldn’t spell emancipation

  3. lexattorney
    11:06 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder how the snowflakes and liberals will spin this one!

  4. lizard king
    11:07 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Because if you don’t bow down and celebrate your a racist.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:34 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Strange days have found us
      Strange days have tracked us down
      They’re going to destroy
      Our casual joys
      We shall go on playing
      Or find a new town …The Doors

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      4:17 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink


  5. lexattorney
    11:09 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink


    Nice screen name though!

  6. crazycatfan65
    12:05 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    By letting the 13% of the population demand and dictate what is acceptable and what isn’t is only gonna turn this country into a 3rd World. Police are not killing more black Americans then white Americans, the exact opposite is actually occurring. So far this year police have killed 172 white Americans and 88 black Americans.Why does the race baiting media refuse to give the deaths of white Americans the coverage they dedicate to the deaths of black Americans?
    BLM is a JOKE!! BLM does not care about black lives, they care only about the destruction of America as we know it. Even the co-founder admits it.
    “The Black Lives Matter movement issued its official list of demands of political leaders in 2016, and they are even more radical, racially divisive, anti-capitalist, and anti-law enforcement than we ever dreamed. They are getting worse, and thanks to the media, they are being mainstreamed.
    Among the six categories of demands are permanent reparations “for past and continuing harms” to the black community, including free education for life and a guaranteed minimum income; the end of “the war on black people” and banning the “criminalization” of blacks in any form, including pop culture; the redirecting of law enforcement and military funds to black communities; a complete overhaul of the economy to benefit black people and a rewriting of the tax code for a “radical” redistribution of wealth; control over local government; and “independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society.”

  7. lizard king
    1:56 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    The liberals will let these 13% turn America into another Nigeria or Ethiopia.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:16 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I’m the lizard King, I can do anything….

    • lizard king
      10:10 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I’m afraid we are about to break on through to the other side in America and go downhill to our destruction and turn into a dangerous slum like Europe has become

    • Bluehender
      11:29 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I’m afraid you may be right lizard king..

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:19 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I believe that is the plan by the powers that should not be. BTW, I live one street over from Love Street, there’s a store where the creatures meet…

  8. 4everUKBlue
    7:15 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Melinda Gates Lays Out Her Biggest Concern for the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    “Who needs [the vaccine] after health care workers?
    In the U.S., that would be black people next, quite honestly, and many other people of color. They are having disproportionate effects from COVID-19.”

    Phase 1. Elderly
    Phase 2. Colored
    Phase 3. ?

  9. Bluebloodtoo
    11:11 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Phase 3 is profit. Haven’t you seen Southpark?

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:22 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I had never heard of Juneteenth, had to look it up

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:23 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      I would have to believe that profit is always numero uno.

  10. Bluebloodtoo
    11:13 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Why isn’t the emancipation recognized as a national holiday? Was that not a key event is the history of our nation?

  11. mcp157
    11:16 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    More PC!

  12. lizard king
    11:43 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    How long we supposed to celebrate this juneteenth holiday, is it like Ramadan and last a month or so

  13. jaws2
    4:22 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

    I was born in the early 50’s in the middle of a city, raised in the projects, attended completely integrated high school, played sports with black kids from the time I was 12, graduated from UK, and worked and associated with black people most of my life. Point is, I never heard of this Juneteenth thing from anyone until this year. I am very cognizant of the Emancipation Proclamation and what it meant to many. I suppose I’m a racist.

    • UKFanSC
      5:51 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Well…..You and I are not that far apart in age, and I have learned that what was defined as racist even as recently as 10 years ago is no longer true. The 2020 definition of a racist is anyone who does not actively support black initiatives in the social justice arena

    • UKFanSC
      5:52 pm June 21, 2020 Permalink

      “Actively support” being the operative phrase

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:28 am June 22, 2020 Permalink

      We are about the same age, but I grew up in a small country town and I never heard of Juneteenth either until a few days ago.

  14. Ned T.
    11:15 am June 22, 2020 Permalink

    When is white history month?