Cat[girl]urday: Juneteenth National Independence Day

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Due to my love of Nekomimis I have decided to post something catgirl related each week! It maybe cute. It maybe sexy. It may even be a bit disturbing…

For the first time in the history of the United States Juneteenth is considered a national holiday! To celebrate today’s Cat[girl]urday is going to feature dark-skinned kemonomimi. Although there is debate about some of these characters’ race for African Americans they are as close as we get to representation in most anime. Some may call them “just girls with tans” but to us, they are more.

Yoruichi Shihouin
Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach
Aisha Clanclan
Aisha Clanclan from Outlaw Star
Ms. Fortune and Minette
Nadia Fortune from Skullgirls Official Art by Mariel Cartwright
Taokaka with the Kaka Kittens
Taokaka with the Kaka Kittens
Mirko [Rumi Usagiyama] Official Art by Horikoshi Kouhei
Mirko [Rumi Usagiyama] From My Hero Academia Official Art by Horikoshi Kouhei
Fran from Final Fantasy XII Official Art by Yoshida Akihiko
Fran from Final Fantasy XII Official Art by Yoshida Akihiko
Anubis from Monster Girl Encyclopedia Official Art by Kenkou Cross
Anubis from Monster Girl Encyclopedia Official Art by Kenkou Cross
Liru on the DVD box art for Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan Art by Hirata Katsuzou
Liru on the DVD box art for Renkin San-kyuu Magical? Pokaan Art by Hirata Katsuzou
Piglette Pancetta from Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time
Piglette Pancetta from Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time
Nagatoro Hayase from Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro Official Art by 774 (nanashi)
Nagatoro Hayase from Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro Official Art by 774 (nanashi)
Pink from Dragon Pink
Pink from Dragon Pink

I debated not including Pink since she was a slave. Part of the controversy around Juneteenth, however, is America’s slave-owning past. It is not about making people feel bad about what happened but celebrating the day we became better. On June 19, 1865, the United States of America took a step forward by freeing slaves in Texas. This should be a big day for all Americans because you cannot be a free country until everyone is free. Every step along that journey is important. We cannot tell where we are going if we do not look back at where we came from.


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