Joey McIntyre on Juneteenth

Watch Joey McIntyre in one of his most candid videos, talking about Emancipation Day.

Watch Joey McIntyre in one of his most candid videos, talking about Emancipation Day.

“Juneteenth; the anniversary of the end of slavery, but certainly not the end of the effects of slavery.” That’s how Joey begins his IGTV clip addressing this date.

He starts trying to recall a tweet from a while ago, to express one more time how he feels, the love and joy he shared with the African American community throughout his life and says “I am a better, bigger, fuller person because of it.”

He also mentions having shared four years ago (after the elections) his thoughts on Instagram about Black Lives Matters and being misunderstood; “some people just want me to sing songs (…) and I understand that; (…) however, I’m not gonna stop,” he says.

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#toolatenow- the shock is wearing off and sadness and embarrassment is setting in. My conciliatory tone of yesterday was genuine, but now the work begins. #Unity is important, but I also can't be afraid to share my views and risk disappointing some people. Should I share or not, should I post or not. Of course I should but how? Change is not a what, it's a how. So how do I take action to save our planet? How do I stand up for equality and diversity and inclusion. We all have to take responsibility for where we are. One can only do so much, so we can't beat ourselves up about how a group of people chose somewhere 1000 miles away. This election has been really stressful and I was hoping to be over it on Nov. 9th. But it looks like the stress ain't going anywhere. The best I can do is be kind. In whatever action I take, be kind. Super challenging a lot of the time, but worth it. I disagree with some of the harshness of hashtags about #Trump because words can be violent. And violence is not the answer. I understand people's anger- especially those who may be persecuted and prosecuted by the plans that Trump has laid out. So much talk about #peopleareangry- well, personally I think that the last people in the angry line should be #whitemen. Doesn't mean they don't have a right to be angry, but those same men have to respect movements like #blacklivesmatter and a lot of them don't. I don't blame a guy who works 80 hours a week in a "good job" and is still just getting by for voting for Trump, because I have never had to work that hard and never been in that position. But I can blame a guy, who was disgusted by Trump, but wanted to pay 5 percent less taxes so he can finally pay off that second home he has in the country. #Hillary made her mistakes. But what put this election over the top was, at its base level, sexism. And that's from both men and women. That whole "unlikeable" thing came from people wanting women to be a certain way. Again, lots of things contributed to Hillary losing but I'd like to put all the cards on the table. Yes, a big card was stopping #TheEstablishment, wanting to flip the table over, But to me the biggest card on that table was sexism.

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Regarding that post, Joey recognizes “I didn’t know at the time it was an organization; I still don’t know enough about the capital B, capital L, capital M, or the organization, but I know that (…) Black Lives Matters is important and I’m glad that we are hearing that…”

This clip really shook me up, enlightened me about how little I know and understand about this devastating struggle in the United States; growing up in Argentina, growing up as an army’s child with classmates from everywhere (even other countries), I learned about discrimination but not racism… I simply don’t understand why people – who I truly believe they are mentally ill – could think less of another human being for the color of their skin.

Amid my ignorance, I watched a new YouTube show the other day called “Uncomfortable conversations with a Black Man” (by Emmanuel Echo) and I thought “Why uncomfortable? Why not using a more positive title to encourage a welcoming environment for the dialog?” But then I heard Joey, in this clip, saying:

“A lot of people don’t wanna feel the feelings; and they have their lives, and they have their jobs and their families; and they don’t wanna have to deal with the history of this country; and it’s uncomfortable. And I’m hopeful because I think people are now willing to get uncomfortable about it; and feel the feelings, and feel the disappointment.”

… I didn’t know – some – white people are ready (and want) to feel uncomfortable.

So, I’m sorry that I made this post personal today… some BHs don’t like it when I do this; but I needed to say outloud that whoever thinks a celebrity should be nothing but a puppet for our amusement is drowned in denial and ignorance. Celebrities work on their craft to share a message, not just to entertain us! And this, this is one of Joey’s messages.

If you are a true fan, you’ll watch and, above all, you’ll listen.

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#blacklivesmatter

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