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Juneteenth 2023 reads

An SVG rendering of David Hammon's African American flag. The United States of America flag features 50 white stars aligned in stagged rows against an indigo blue background that occupies the the upper left quadrant of the flag. The remainder of the flag consists of 13 alternating red and white stripes. In Hammons' version, the stars are black on a green background. And the alternating stripes are red and black.

African American flag, based on David Hammons’ 1990 art work African American Flag by oren neu dag, via Wikimedia Commons

A quartet of links in honor of America's newest federal holiday.

In the mountains of Northern Mexico, descendants of formerly enslaved people have celebrated Juneteenth, or 'Día de los Negros,' for over a century
We hear a lot about the Underground Railroad that went north to Canada. We hear less about routes that went south to Mexico.
In home of Juneteenth, the continued fight for 'absolute equality'
158 years after the U.S. military landed in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, the city is gentrifying. MSNBC's Trymaine Lee visits the city to learn about efforts to preserve land for the city's Black residents.
The Shame of the Suburbs
A summary of United States housing policy in the 1900s, and how it stymied Black wealth building. TIL: The United States is the world's first predominantly suburban nation. (hat tip: Barry Ritholtz)
What high mortgage rates means for Black homeownership
The Juneteenth episode of Marketplace looks at homebuilder optimism, mold-driven whisky boom, and the current rate of Black homeownership. I've included that segment below.