In honor of the Juneteenth holiday that commemorated the emancipation of slaves in Texas nearly 160 years ago, many prominent politicians offered their thoughts on slavery.
While Americans across the ideological spectrum will agree that this was clearly a condemnable period in U.S. history, some leftists felt the need to embellish or misrepresent the issue.
Among the most prominent examples came in remarks offered by Kamala Harris.
According to the New York Post:
“I think that we all know today is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom,” Harris told a group of about two dozen elementary school-aged children at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington. “And think about it in terms of the context of history, knowing that black people in America were not free for 400 years of slavery.”
“Let this be a day that is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom, but to speak about it honestly and accurately, both in the context of history and current application,” Harris went on during her apparently extemporaneous remarks.
The first African slaves in the American colonies arrived in 1619 in Virginia. Slavery was abolished through the 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865 — ending 246 years of the practice, not 400.
A White House official acknowledged Harris’ error, telling The Post that “the vice president was referring to 400 years since slavery began.”
Whether it was a flubbed line or a flat-out lie, Harris received plenty of criticism on social media.
— 🤡Bozo the Biden🤡 (@bidenfamily) June 21, 2022
Kamala Harris bungled yet again a history lesson about the Juneteenth holiday, telling kids that black people were enslaved in America for 400 years — overstating the actual time period by more than 150 years. Oops. https://t.co/kdcmMdg5Mh
— 🇺🇸Lionel🇺🇸 (@LionelMedia) June 21, 2022
— Milo™ (@chasbottom) June 21, 2022
Harris made her inaccurate remarks during a surprise visit to a museum in D.C.
As UPI reported:
Vice President Kamala Harris surprised a group of children Monday at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., as they learned about Juneteenth.
The first Black woman to serve as vice president and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were greeted with cheers from the elementary schoolers as they entered the room.
Harris spoke briefly to the children and their parents about the new federal holiday.
“Today is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom and think about it in terms of the context of history, knowing that Black people in America were not free for 400 years of slavery,” Harris said.
Here’s a clip of her remarks: