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Without true equality, July 4 rings hollow for many Americans
Real freedom reserved for select few
 
Published Monday, July 3, 2017 4:44 pm
by Kareem Wilson

Independence Day for everyone – or is it?


Ah, the Fourth of July, a day where people get to have a day off from work, drink beer and eat hot dogs with friends. This day where thousands of fireworks are shot into the air to await clean up in the morning. A lot of things happen on this day because people celebrate it, but do they have any idea why?

July 4, 1776 is the day we separated ourselves from British rule by adopting the Declaration of Independence. In that Declaration, it quotes this famous line from Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” However, not all men are equal. Not every person has the same rights, and definitely aren’t treated as such. Women aren’t given the same respect men are shown, blacks and whites can’t get along, and even some rich folks care less about the unfortunate. If all these things are true, then why should I celebrate a day based on false truths? 

As a black male, I find that some people won’t consider my rights as a citizen to be equal to theirs. They would try and make me feel like a lesser human beings. As I look back into even when the DOI was signed, blacks were still slaves. To make such a phrase and not treat everyone the same doesn’t really make me as though I’m an American citizen.

I still enjoy the day because it’s a time where I get to have cookouts with my family and friends and enjoy the fireworks show but I feel as though the day is not really important to me. So is Fourth of July really something I should join in the festivities because it’s a national holiday or should I do it because I believe that I am equal as any other man?


Kareem Wilson is a student journalist at The Post.

Comments

Referencing your last paragraph, you should have watched the July Fourth at Our Nation's Capital. You would have noticed that there were just as many black performers as white, and that there were many blacks (and other races besides just white) in the crowds as the cameras would scan. Maybe you need to see someone about your insecurities and not waste time and space on a platform that is not designed for one black man's interpretation of himself. Sadly, your feelings rub off on your offspring, so it goes round and round; generation to generation.
Posted on July 5, 2017
 
Seems that you have a predisposed opinion about being black, first of all. You state, as a fact, that you will not be treated equal. Well, you have a point. Jefferson stated that all men are "created" equal. Like any statement, it can be turned and twisted, but I believe that all humans are "created" equal in the eyes of God. How they proceed to live their lives, especially adult lives, may well change their equality. Is a criminal to be treated equal? Yes, that is a far fetched analogy. But my point is made. Maybe you are and/or would be treated equal if you felt equal inside yourself. Secondly, you state blacks and whites, (categorically implied) can't get along." Blacks can't get along with blacks, and to a much lesser degree, some whites cannot get along with whites. But a long ways from everyone. Third, I am disabled, not treated equally and I am white. However, with the freedoms we have in this country alone, I continue to fly the flag of the United States and I embrace this day. Try it. I hope it will make your time with family and friends more enjoyable at that cook out!
Posted on July 4, 2017
 
Very poor excuse. H apparently wants EVERYTHING handed to him/
Posted on July 4, 2017
 

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