Recently, President Biden signed a bill to make Juneteenth a national federal holiday. According to The Grio, “Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas where more than 200,000 enslaved Black people were told two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued that they were free.” This holiday is significant to the African American community because it highlights their ancestor’s freedom from slavery. So, when it was announced that this holiday was approved, people took to social media to share their thoughts about it. A lot of twitter users were excited, while others like Conservative political commentator, Candace Owens were not. Owens dismissed the news of the newly approved holiday by tweeting “Juneteenth is soooo lame. Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation. I’ll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only. I’m American. “
In true Candace Owens fashion, she caused major controversy with her comments regarding Juneteenth. Many people, including Rapper Azealia Banks, called her out for what she tweeted. Banks responded to Owens’s comments in a lengthy Instagram post. In her post, she effortlessly reminded Owens about the type of treatment that she would receive during slavery as a Black woman. She began her post by saying, “According to this logic, on July 4, 1776, you would still be enslaved.
Banks continued her hypothetical observation stating, “Most likely on the verge of starvation due to all of America’s food supply having been prioritized for the war, while you hand sew American flags and struggle to wet nurse some depressed 24-year-old white widow’s sickly child until your nipples are chapped and dry. Whereafter, you will be whipped by her 80-year-old uncle for your own malnourishment and inability to produce milk, then sent to toil over a wood-burning stove — blistering your hands while [being] forced to make a peasantly meal of biscuits and gravy.”
She also addressed Owens in a series of videos on her Instagram Stories, calling on her to “let people have their day.” The original post has since then been deleted from Banks’s Instagram account.