Donald Trump to restart election rallies on key slavery date

The Pretext

US President Donald Trump is about to hold his first re-election campaign rally.

This, for months to come, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Guess when? Well, on the date that African Americans celebrate the end of slavery.

The rally will take place on 19 June, known as “Juneteenth” now.

The Trump campaign said that his Republican Party was very proud of its role in winning the Civil War and ending slavery.

In 1921 the city of Tulsa was the site of one of the worst massacres of black people in US history.

The Situation

Trump faces re-election in November but is somehow behind in the polls as compared to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

Correspondents say that while the virus remains a threat, Mr Trump’s campaign considers major precautions.

He said that large crowds at the recent protests will make it harder for his opponents to criticise his rallies.

Trump said how he is going to be starting his rallies. The first one will be in Oklahoma, in Tulsa.

He said further rallies would take place in Florida, Texas and Arizona.

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Nonetheless, he made no mention whatsoever of what safety precautions would be taken and whether social distancing would be applied.

Procession

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery.

While not a federal holiday in its truest sense, it is celebrated widely by African Americans because of the end of their slavery long ago.

It celebrates technically, the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved African Americans in Texas.

Texas was the last state of the Confederacy.

Which means, it was the last state that saw the slaveholding southern states that triggered the Civil War.

Fortunately enough it received the proclamation, on 19 June 1865.

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