Tomorrow we will celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States of America. We will have our parades, cookouts, beach trips (unless you live in New Jersey), outings, and fireworks to cap off the day. Some of us (including me) were off today as well as being off tomorrow. We’ll “rally ’round the flag” and have another patriotic love-fest.
However, where is America? What has happened to the promises of Independence. We still have to include Blacks (who built this nation), First Nation Peoples (who were the original inhabitants of the Americas), the non-White/non-Christian individuals who became legitimate citizens, and so many others. We make hollow statements about “freedom” yet we have a high incarceration rate. We talk about “all men are created equal” yet it only applies to White (heterosexual, Protestant, Right-Wing) males, some of which are given a hall pass to act with impunity on others. We put on a face of “equal justice under law” yet Blacks are still the number one target for law enforcement. We say “bring your tired huddled masses” yet ready to deport law-abiding people because of their ethnicity and religion. We talk about being the “leader of the free world” yet bomb out sovereign nations to promote our own interests.
The America we’ll sing about tomorrow has yet to exist. It’s a dream held by many, yet made unreachable by those in power. The America celebrated tomorrow is still a fabrication, designed to mollify those who truly cry out for freedom, equality, and justice. This America is likened to a baby yet to be born; and I’m concerned that it may be stillborn. Far as I’m concerned, the current version of America that’s doing the celebrating is a farce. The America that we’re in is a twisted shadow of the America we claim to celebrate. There is no “land of liberty,” no “one nation under God;” it’s all a farce. Our parades, celebrations, and fireworks will be hollow and without any true meaning.
Welcome to Independence Day 2017. I’m still trying to figure out what we are celebrating. Peace.