As America observes Juneteenth 2022, the word freedom means a lot of different things to people all around the world. To Ukrainians fighting against Russians to preserve the sovereignty of their homeland, it means battling against overwhelming odds to defend both themselves and advocates of democracy. To climate change refugees, it implies a global acknowledgement of their plight and what their dilemma means, or should mean, to all people. In the United Sates, for many students, the word freedom means being allowed to attend classes without fear of becoming victims of a mass shooting.
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Writing in Isaiah’s Tears, his second novel, author Robert T.S. Mickles, Sr., addressed the concept of freedom as an existential dilemma. At the same time that it provides a newly-freed slave with options never before available to him, it also creates new responsibilities and dangers. That paradox, Juneteenth notwithstanding, is one with which African Americans, and humanity in general, wrestle to this day.
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