Thursday, July 04, 2013

what are we celebrating again?

ahhh....july 4th...national day off from work so drink beer and blow shit up day! really, why else would americans 'celebrate' our "independence"? the united states of white america celebrates with flag waving and cookouts and copious amounts of beer and fireworks...but many do not...if you take a look- a hard look at what we are 'celebrating'...it becomes less of a feel good event...i suspect that's why most americans prefer not to...

my father's mother and her family were seneca from the iroquois nation...this united states of white america we live in was taken from them by white folks through deception and force...now, i don't know if the native peoples would have seemed so noble to me had things worked out differently- but coming on the heels of the recent civil rights loss for people of color and women in this country...i think i may continue to believe it to be better...

this country was built on a foundation of rich, white privilege and on the suffering of indigenous peoples and people of color- blacks, hispanics, asians....it was built on the backs of poor people for the benefit of the few and that continues to this day- and more and more of us are clearing the fog to see it...

it's uncomfortable...

i am happy that the lgbt folks are making strides but as i continue to see liberties we have taken for granted slip away...i am more acutely aware than ever that america has no real reason to celebrate our independence from tyranny...when i see the rich, white men of the republican party blatantly disregarding the will of their constituents and the corporately purchased 'representatives' of the democratic party mutely standing by to protect their own best interests...i wonder- what tyranny are we independent from?

how can we celebrate our 'independence day' when we have allowed the same type of people to take over our american government that we rose up against in britain?  i realize that i am looked at as a killjoy at best and a tinfoil hat wearer derogatorily....but if i am going to fly any flag- it will be this one...



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Dr. kold_kadavr_flatliner, MD, the Roamin' Cat said...
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