Cancel Juneteenth Coalition's Anguish of Elders Feast (aka "Pretend to be enslaved" Day)

Cancel Juneteenth Coalition's Anguish of Elders Feast (aka "Pretend to be enslaved" Day)

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Monterey County Protest MCP started this petition to Community and

****UPDATE: We will no longer be protesting the event because it has been cancelled. However, We are leaving the petition up because there hasn't been any apology statement issued by the Juneteenth Coalition.**** (please check out our slide decks on our instagram @montereycountyprotest)

 

Please join us by signing this petition to protest and pressure the Juneteenth coalition (based in the 831 area) into cancelling the "Anguish of Elders" ceremony. On their website, https://juneteenthcoalition.org , the Anguish of Elders ceremony is said to be purposed to be an event to build empathy the day before Juneteenth's actual date. However, the event is detailed as:

-A bunch of people work on a field for 246 minutes (a minute to represent each year of enslavement despite slavery being over 400 years long). Then the "scatter feast" is supposed to be after the field work, where only those who worked in the fields can eat for free. If they don't pretend to be an enslaved African, then they have to pay $50. Keep in mind that they are supposed to be pretending to be an enslaved African on a rich farm in Carmel...Serendipity Farms. 

 Our team at Monterey County Protest was beyond disgusted and offended by this event for many reasons, which we shall list to those who can't see the problem in this themselves.

-Our ancestral lineage and the horrors of the slavery era: The enslavement period was not just Africans being forced into the fields to work, it was mass rape, lynching, whipping, starving, separating family, breeding, dehumanizing, murdering, beating, EATING (and yes, Slave owners used to eat enslaved Africans...literal cannibalism), robbing of mother tongues and culture, destroying any sense of identity, forced conversion, and MORE. 246 minutes of more-than-likely non-black people pretending to be enslaved on a field in Carmel does not reflect anything of the enslavement period. Years can't be replaced by minutes.

-Trauma is not an act: To disrespect those with familial ties to Enslaved Africans by making their exploitation and years of trauma and dehumanization into an act is DISTURBING. 

-Paying To Eat: You have a rich farm in Carmel getting free work done by people pretending to be enslaved, and then people have to pay $50 for a meal if they choose not to work for it. What is this supposed to demonstrate? Who is the intended audience? $50 is a costly price for a meal, and then pretending to be enslaved and working for a wealthy farm in Carmel in order to eat is nothing but exploitative, disrespectful, and disgusting. 

-Audience: Juneteenth is a celebration for Black folks because it is a day where we celebrate the acknowledgement of true freedom for enslaved Africans (even though the emancipation proclamation was signed into law two years prior). It was the mark of freedom from the enslavement period (even though slavery continued after with sharecropping and disturbing tactics to oppress Black folks..like laws that made it illegal for people to not work). We are supposed to be uplifting and empowering Black folks. How does this event empower Black people? Do they expect Black people to come to the field and pretend to be enslaved? That's disrespectful to our fore family and us. How does this uplift the Black community? How does it inspire people to uplift the Black community? 

-Empathy: To encourage empathy is contradicting to the event. If anything, it downplays the historical violence in Black communities and mocks the suffering the Black community has experienced for years. Empathy is not mocking pain, it is about having courageous conversation and spreading knowledge about it without shying from the pain of the conversation. It is about looking at the current problems faced in the Black community, and teaching about allyship and how to help progress the Black community. And it isn't only a matter of shopping Black, it's politically, educationally, socially, and more. If anything this event exploits people into working, desensitizes people to the actual tragedy of slavery, and minimizes the issues in the Black community. 

-It's f***ing sick: Are you kidding me? This is an atrocious event that needs to be cancelled. There needs to be accountability and apologies. The coalition is deemed as a non-profit which means they are getting money to conduct these events. But where is this money going? Where is the $50 for your meal going? How are these "Join The Journey" events helping or celebrating the Black community? There needs to be transparency, accountability, and apologies issued.

**Please keep in mind that the Seaside event on Saturday was not organized by the Juneteenth coalition. **

Please sign, share, and spread this petition and do us a favor by personally emailing the Juneteenth coalition to get them to cancel this event completely. Their other events are also questionable in intention. Their email is : admin@juneteenthcoalition.org and their phone number is: (831) 275-4321  (as stated on their website).

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