Twitter users corrected Bill Nye as a “man of science” via a social media post about America’s history and Juneteenth, Fox News reports.
The federal holiday is celebrated on June 19 and commemorates the liberation of enslaved African Americans in 1865.
Bill Nye took to Twitter and shared a post honoring Emancipation Day, but it received criticism from some users who disagreed with him about some facts about the holiday.
Who is Bill Nye?
Bill Nye is a mechanical engineer, science commentator, and television personality. Gained popularity after hosting the science TV show Bill Nye the man of science which were broadcast between 1993 and 1999.
Nye began his career as a mechanical engineer and worked for Boeing in Seattle before leaving his position in 1986.
He switched his focus to television and started working on the local TV show I’m about to live!.
Netflix released the tutorial Bill Nye saves the world in 2017, which included other experts and guests.
Nye corrected a Juneteenth Twitter post
Nye drew criticism on Twitter over some details about America’s history when he honored Jonathan on Sunday.
With that in mind, he wrote, “The United States we know today was built with the labor of enslaved black Americans. The last of them were not (officially) released until June 19, 1865. Let us celebrate—and never forget.”
A number of his followers have corrected some facts such as Juneteenth falls today When American General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas and revealed the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two years earlier.
One Twitter user wrote in the comments section: “It’s not true. Juneteenth does not commemorate the 13th Amendment. It commemorates the arrival of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. Two federal states had slavery until December 1865.”
Another person added: “It’s not accurate.”
Juneteenth . explained
Juneteenth honors the emancipation of African American slaves in 1865.
On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation into law declaring: “All persons held as slaves are, and henceforth shall be, free.”
But two years later, on June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger officially declared slaves in Texas free under General Order No.
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