How could this be all white?
Organizers of a South Carolina town’s Juneteenth events have issued a groveling apology for advertising the holiday marking the emancipation of black slaves with a banner showing only a white couple.
The seemingly colorblind promos for Juneteenth GVL’s June “mega fest” went viral soon after they were put up across Greenville — sparking outrage and even calls for a boycott.
“You want to celebrate the depth of black culture on Juneteenth by putting white [people] as the face of it?” one outraged critic tweeted the organizers.
“How were you not aware how problematic that is?”
“This is how Black History gets completely distorted, repackaged, to be palatable for white Americans,” another critic wrote.
“This is 100% doing harm. This is 100% buying in to the idea we can’t be whole on our own. Not even for one day.”
One Greenville local even suggested it was part of a general trend that “has erased everything else Black in my hometown.”
“Gentrifying Juneteenth is bold!” they wrote, calling it “Disgraceful.”
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