Juneteenth: Bill Nye ‘Science Guy’ was schooled after posting about America’s founding and slavery

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Bill Nye, the “Science Guy”, caused a stir on social media when he posted about America’s founding and slavery.

“The United States we know today was built through the labor of enslaved black Americans,” he said on Sunday, June 19, which is federally recognized as June 19.

Bill Nye assists "The end is Nye" Premiere during the 2022 Tribeca Festival at SVA Theater on June 17, 2022 in New York City.
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Bill Nye attends the ‘The End Is Nye’ premiere during the 2022 Tribeca Festival at SVA Theater on June 17, 2022 in New York City.
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With a pocket Constitution and a simple selfie, Nye added, “The last were not released (officially) until June 19, 1865. Let us celebrate and never forget.”

The post almost immediately sparked a backlash as several users disagreed that Juneteeth had ended slavery.

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June 19 commemorates the day U.S. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 – and shared the news that the Emancipation Proclamation had been passed two years earlier. The Civil War had ended two months before June 1865.

Last year, Juneteenth became the 12th federal holiday by a vote of 415 to 14 in the House of Representatives.

President Biden signed the bill on June 17, 2021.

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While the date is symbolic of emancipation – and is often called a “Second Independence Day” – several states still allowed slavery to continue.

Several other users disagreed that the United States was built exclusively “with the labor of enslaved black Americans,” as Native Americans, as well as migrants from Europe, South America South and Central, Africa, Australia and Asia also helped build the country.

Slaves were officially freed when the 13th Amendment was passed in December 1865, six months after June 19.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime the party of which shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States or any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” the Thirteenth Amendment states.

Bill Nye speaks onstage during the Global Citizen NOW Summit at Spring Studios on May 23, 2022 in New York City.

Bill Nye speaks onstage during the Global Citizen NOW Summit at Spring Studios on May 23, 2022 in New York City.
(Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

It should be noted that cases of slavery were found after the ratification of the amendment and that human trafficking, qualified as forced labor, continues to this day.

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The International Labor Organization has reported that there are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, including hundreds of thousands in the United States.

The ILO, which is recognized by the US State Department as the official repository of records, reported 10,583 cases of human trafficking in the US last year and 73,946 cases since 2007.



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