While everyone enjoys this long weekend that commemorates a national holiday with picnics, fireworks and fun; I sit back and wonder if we really do celebrate equal independence and freedom for all humans in the good old USA.
Some 234 (right?!? correct me if I’m wrong) colonials decided to declare their independence from England due to not having equal rights. Afters years of fights and countless lives lost, the colonials were free and became 1st class citizens. At the same time, a group formed that were treated as less than human beings because… well, someone had to be treated less than those that were deserving of the freedom and justice in America.
With each decade and century that passed, groups of communities fight against the status quo to challenge the fact that they are treated as 2nd class citizens: Women, African Americans, LGBT, workers, etc… It isn’t until years later that a group becomes recognized and receives some independence and freedom.
I look into my corner of the workdays see my community love and embrace this country for the ideals and principles it stands for. In my community, the 4th of July is a huge deal. They show their patriotism and loyalty for the country that opened its arms to them. My family appreciates the history of this country on moral character and standing up for those less fortunate. I don’t see it that way. How can I celebrate freedom when my own family and community is oppressed and not recognized by a country they love? Freedom, they believe they have but they aren’t fully free because they are chained and treated as dirt and despite all obstacles, they still stand.
As a child born and raised in the United States of America, I am recognized as an actual human being and have freedom and independence, my family and community do not. How can this be? Am I a 1st class citizen and my parents/family/community/everyone else 2nd class citizens? Does this mean I should also oppress those and silence those less than me? Gee, way to show freedom and independence.
I honestly don’t believe that we are all free and independent especially if a group or groups are not equal. This whole notion of celebrating a holiday that means this is pointless. Celebrating this while so many around us aren’t like us is contradicting.
Call me unpatriotic, call be disloyal or a traitor but honestly if I’m going to celebrate liberty, I’ll do it once recognition, acceptance and proper treatment of your fellow man and womyn are given. No excuse should be given to treat anyone as a 2nd class citizen, status shouldn’t be a barrier since patriotism and loyalty to fortunate countries is shown always. When America stands up for those that once didn’t matter and were ignored, I will show my patriotism; until then, enjoy the store sales and steep discounts.