The Declaration is a promise not a celebration of a perfect nation The Declaration is a commitment not a receipt of past liberation or a yearly excuse for exhilaration Liberty, an idea that reverberates even among times where it abates We can do so much more this 4th of July While politicians keep score our Black citizens die In our streets take action heed the fallen's cry! Speak out, speak up let us lead a nation filled with sorrow dreaming of tomorrow Be not afraid to disobey privilege and power to scorch and scour for a sense of freedom long delayed A promise one we struggle to fulfill "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all are created equal" We decide the fate of the republic and with each tick of the clock we decide the character of the nation where we reside
The 4th of July should not be a celebration of liberty achieved, but rather a reminder of the obstacles that we have still to overcome. Ibram Kendi makes a fantastic argument in his piece “What to an American is the 4th of July” examining the the role power plays in achieving freedom. I’d also recommend re-reading Frederick Douglass’ classic speech “What to the slave is the 4th of July.” As a society we can not claim to celebrate freedom for all if there is not freedom for every citizen.