As you can see, my Juneteenth moment was actually a series of events that forced me to understand the danger of respectability politics within our community. This Juneteenth I'm not only celebrating our ancestors finally realizing they were free but also my own freedom from the burden of monolithic Blackness.
New Orleans is struggling to preserve its heritage. It faces the existential threat of hurricanes and storms wrought by climate change, the continuing struggle to rebuild after Katrina even as developers seek to build high rises in historic neighborhoods, and the social tensions occasioned by poverty and racial and ethnic prejudice.
I feel that some Black people push back on Roots 2016, saying we need more diverse Black stories other than slave or civil rights narratives as if we don't have any other type of stories being told. I completely agree that we do need more diverse stories, and more often, but there are other Black stories being told.