Montana’s lone Congressman Matt Rosendale was one of only six members of the United States House of Representatives who voted against both the legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday and award Congressional Gold Medals to fallen U.S. Capitol Police officers killed in the line of duty. He said the legislation was intended to make Americans feel bad and convince them that our country is evil. President Joe Biden declared today a national holiday for federal workers. Rosendale’s office did not respond whether Rosendale would be taking the day off.
Black Emancipation Day known as Juneteenth is now a national holiday after President Biden signed it into law Thursday after being approved by both the Senate and House. Author and anti-racism educator Tim Wise says his own family tree revealed slave owners who handed down documents that showed their lack of compassion when writing about the buying and selling of slaves.