July 4th, 2020

4th of July, the day in U.S. history symbolizing independence, marking the beginning of the experiment in government, democracy for the people, by the people. For the people, by the people…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Right, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” My mantra…

What does the 4th of July mean to me? I am reminded of when we began as a nation. Our Roots if you were. There must have been excitement at finding this new found freedom.

Well, that was unless you were/are black or Indian. How did they experience that very first 4th of July???

Did they enjoy those unalienable Rights of Life , Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness??? Where they recognized as equal endowed by the Creator.

The truth is no, slavery was/is the fate if you were black. If you were/are an Indian you were herded up like cattle, forced off you land, and pushed onto reservations.

You might be asking why are we having this discussion on this joyous day. We need to have this conversation. Although we were not around in 1776, we have inherited its legacy, and to this day there are ones who embrace that legacy.

There is definitely unfinished business. We’ve kicked the can down the road way to many times and we are now given an opportunity to do something about it. And then we can move on…