I know it’s a shock to some of you, but America is more free and liberated right now than at any other point in history.
Americans of both sexes, and New York’s 31 other genders, can be and do just about whatever and whomever they want in 2018. Yet here I read about how some of you are ashamed to fly the American Flag, because we’re just such a barbaric and privileged nation, or because someone’s great great grandpappy was excluded from afternoon tea.
Here’s the scoop: It’s not 1776 anymore. It’s not even 1865, or 1920, 1964, or 1973, or 2015. 😮
The fact that you can sit on your ass and complain about everyone else’s privilege, barbarism and political affiliation, or lack thereof, is evidence we’ve all progressed far beyond most any other nation.
Facts are, despite how much history you want to rewrite or add onto, we were far beyond any other nation all the way back in 1776.
Life wasn’t on a level playing field, especially if you weren’t a White male landowner, and it still isn’t for everyone. But we’re living in a nation built around an experience of evolving equality, founded at atime when no one was equal anywhere in the world.
And guess what, those 56 signers of the Declaration weren’t equals with their British counterparts either, who had more privilege and means. So what did they do? Declared their equality and independence! 😮
So, you’re welcome, for the right to speak freely about your problems. There are billions in the world today who cannot.
You’re welcome, for the right to vote and make the changes you want to see in American life. There are billions of people today who cannot.
You’re welcome, for the right to run for public office and be a part of the continuing evolution. There are billions of people today who cannot.
You’re welcome, for the privilege of expressing your pride in your culture without fear of having it wiped off the map. There are thousands of cultures vanishing today because they cannot.
You’re welcome, for the privilege to live in one of the most free societies on earth, where billions of people want to and millions legally do, while you’re ashamed and hiding from it because you…yes, you…have so much privilege in doing so.
Happy Independence Day to you, your rights and privileges, those 56 signers of the Declaration who were British, White, male, and only 41 of whom were slaveowners, but who had never lived in a time like ours, yet hoped for a better life in America per their lifetime just like you. 🇺🇲️