TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Democratic Party held a press conference Friday to commemorate Juneteenth and to talk about President Donald Trump’s visit to Tulsa.
Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the liberation of those who had been held as slaves in the United States.
“Enslaved people were valued at every stage of their lives – from before birth until after death,” said Rev. Twan T. Jones with Timothy Baptist Church. “Slavery was morally wrong, but there was one big problem – it was sanctioned by the highest law in the land – the Constitution.”
Alicia Andrews, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said it smacks of disrespect for the president to say he deserves credit for making Juneteenth “very famous.”
“Millions of black Americans know very well what Juneteenth is,” Andrews, who says Juneteenth should be a national holiday, said.
Andrews said during this time, democrats and their allies will be focused on unity.
“We need to be focused on the election on June 30,” Andrews said.
Andrews also said she was disappointed by the mixed messaging by city leaders leading up to the announcement of Saturday’s rally.
“I think he should have lead,” Andrews said of Tulsa mayor GT Bynum.
On Friday, Bynum said in a Facebook post “regardless of where each of us falls on that spectrum, we will go through it as a community.”
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