North Carolina’s Apple Festival executive director wants us to believe that he didn’t know what Juneteenth meant when he said it was a “Made Up Holiday” in a social media post.
On Thursday, June 23, the director, David Nicholson resigned. The racist comment came after Nicholson went to the post office on Monday, June 20, and learned that they were closed to observe Juneteenth. (READ THE NOW DELETED FACEBOOK POST BELOW)
Tuesday afternoon, Nicholson made an apology on Facebook, wanting us to believe he didn’t know what Juneteenth meant. (READ APOLOGY POST BELOW)
Everyone who saw and read the post knows that Nicholson wasn’t trying to be “sarcastic” because in his original post, he claimed that Juneteenth was a “made-up holiday” and that he never heard of it. So, either he’s a racist ,and he knew what he was saying or he’s just apologizing because he got caught? I think it’s both.
The North Carolina Apple Festival board released a statement on social media below about Nicholson’s comment. (READ STATEMENT BELOW)
In 2021, President Joe Biden proclaimed Juneteenth a federal holiday for Americans to commemorate the end of slavery, and Hendersonville City Council declared June 19 “Juneteenth Day” in the city. Several local events were held this month to honor the day.
On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas were told they were finally free. The day has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.