The 4th of July
A day for either:
- Patriotically declaring your blind and undying love for everything America stands for. ‘MERRRRCUHHHH.
- Bashing America and Americans for every awful thing that has ever happened in history.
Well, I think those two options are for lame-faces.
America is not perfect. But. Uh. HELLO. Wake up call to those who feel the need to berate Americans with hate: No country is perfect. Not a single one. Genocide, racism, sexism are not AMERICAN. Believe it or not, Genocide, racism, and sexism happen ALL OVER THE WORLD. ALL. OVER. THE. WORLD.
So, for me, the 4th of July is a day to appreciate the family and friends I have in my life and the opportunities that I personally have in this country. But, more importantly, it is a day to reflect upon the opportunities that are barred from other Americans based on their sex/gender/race/etc; Not only that, but the 4th of July is a day that reminds us that we must continue to strive for a world in which all people are not simply created equal, but treated equal as well.
Bah. So, in short, eat some barbecue today. Hug your friends and family. But also remember, America is awesome/shitty at the same time.