Jul. 4, 2017

Independence Day But For Whom?


            In the past Independence Day has been a time for celebrating all the gains made over the years. It was a time to enjoy the work done by others to further combining our differences and similarities. It was a time of joy. Not this year. July 4, 2017, is almost a time of mourning. This is a time when we must do as Coretta Scott King said and remember, “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.” If one group’s freedoms are threatened then all are in danger of having their freedoms revoked.

            We must educate ourselves to advance the independence of all. Maximilien Robespierre told us, “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” It this time we are fortunate to have more technology to ascertain the truth. We can Google to learn as much or as little as we want. We can search to find out what the opposition thinks and is preparing to do to curtail our rights. We can be vocal. For as Audre Lorde said, “Your silence will not protect you.” Shall you remain silent while your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and all other relatives of our human race be enslaved or will you stand up and fight for justice for all? July 4th is a celebration of independence but for whom?


            What does July 4th mean to marginalized people; those threatened with deportation; LGBTQ people whose rights are being stripped; the killing of the Voters Rights and the Affordable Care Act? Nothing. The only way to celebrate by agitating. No, this July 4th is not a happy occasion. It is a time not to worry but to fight. It is a time to gather together and fight. It is a time to not worry about diversity but inclusivity. It is a time to march, write, protest and if a necessary storm the gates of the "halls of justice." Only by coming together can we make America great. Not great again because it never was but it can become great. It can become the “land of the free and the home of the brave."”


My question to you is what are you doing to effect change?