You’ve seen/read Alice in Wonderland, where nothing makes sense, and the inhabitants are happy about it. Welcome to America. Every summer, we throw our own un-birthday party.
The Fourth of July is almost here. It will be the most telling one we’ve had to date. What are you celebrating? Freedom? Independence? How proud you are to be an American? Beer & Fireworks and you don’t have to care? It must be nice to be you. To be someone who doesn’t care.
The idea of Independence Day is in and of itself an example of white privilege and blindness. I’m not suggesting anyone not celebrate or enjoy themselves. But realize, you are celebrating white people white-peopling while ignoring the harm they bring to others.
The rest of us will eat burgers and watch the light displays, but we won’t be celebrating America’s Freedom. The fact is, we don’t have as much to celebrate as you do.
The fourth of July was never for black people anyway. We weren’t included in that whole, Americans are now free, thing. And now, we have an onslaught of angry white people who will do anything to get us back into submission or, failing that, killed. (Calling the police on an eight-year-old selling water or a twelve-year-old mowing the grass is exactly what it is. No justification necessary.) Please excuse us, but celebrating America’s freedom amid a racial war to keep us from freedom and equality sounds like a horse-shit plan. But, you go ahead; eat your hotdog and pretend it’s fair.
By the way, it wasn’t freedom for the Indigenous people either. For them, America is the opposite of what it claims to be.
Now, we’ve got the border crises. Separating families, kidnapping children, punishing those in need because…feeding supremacy makes certain types of people happy. Shouting Freedom for America while America denies freedom to others is hypocrisy beyond my personal endurance, but for those who don’t mind waving flags while abusing children, have at it.
Let’s not forget the Muslim ban. I guess for some, nothing says freedom like locking brown people out.
Then there is the question of Patriotism, Nationalism, and Christianity. All these are used to justify racism, xenophobia, and plain ‘ol hate. While some people put on the red, white, & blue as a badge of assholery, the rest of us are trying to make it stand for something a little bit better.
We currently live in two Americas. There is the white privilege America where everything fits into a whitewashed box and anyone who doesn’t is the enemy. An America where hate for others is the order of the day. That is what’s Wednesday’s party is about.
And then there is the America of accountability. Where truth is truth and doing what’s right is always the goal. An America whose patriots demand she live up to her name. Those who live in that place know the fourth of July is just another un-birthday. We’ll come to the party, but we won’t linger because we have real work to do.