Today we remember the horrific Elaine Massacre of 1919, where over 200 Black lives were brutally taken. As we celebrate #Juneteenth, let us not forget the systemic oppression that still exists in Arkansas and the parallels to our current political landscape. #ElaineMassacre
The Elaine Massacre is a tragic event in American history, where African American sharecroppers in Phillips County formed a union to fight for better working conditions and fair wages, which led to a violent backlash from white authorities.
This event further highlights the systemic oppression that existed against Black communities in the past and how that oppression has evolved over time.
Despite progress made since 1919, the political landscape in Arkansas still shows systemic biases against the Black community. Recent attempts to suppress voting rights and push through discriminatory laws show that the struggle for equality and justice is ongoing.
As we celebrate Juneteenth, let us also reflect on the Elaine Massacre and continue to work towards a more just and equitable society.
The new LEARNS act is devastating to Marvell-Elaine School District and is a clear example of modern-day systemic racism towards Black communities. Takeovers and terminations will only lead to more educational disparities. We must stand up against this injustice. #SayNoToLEARNS

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