"Let us END segregation based on race and nationality. Let us be an example of love and acceptance."
I wrote a whole post about 4th of July and Outfit ideas. Then I realized that this year it just isn’t morally right to feel festive. Because I feel ashamed of my Country.
I felt bummed last year too. It was the first 4th of July with 45 as our President. Then, I still felt like I was able to go to the beach with friends and drink and celebrate what I thought it meant to be an American because those were values I held internally, no matter who our president was.
But this year...my heart aches too much and I don’t feel right partying and celebrating the independence of my country when I know families are being torn apart and when I know children are being drugged and treated horribly all on American land.
I am very open about what I hard time I have understanding politics. However, I understand enough that is going on right now for me to feel absolutely outraged and to see these camps these children are in is reminiscent of the Holocaust and concentration camps. It makes me sick. We can NOT let history repeat itself.
It also made me realize how privileged I am. I was so delusional and thought American really was land of the free and home of the brave but it never has been for people of color. We have treated minorities and people of color atrociously and I am so ashamed. I am so ashamed that America is not welcoming people into our country and that we aren’t celebrating diversity. To me, that’s what it means to be an American.
This is my second favorite holiday after Halloween and I always make a big deal out of being festive and styling multiple outfits of red, white and blue but it just felt so wrong this year. On all accounts.
So this is my take on 4th of July this year. I am still rocking red white and blue in my own way with this super beautifully cut “A New Day” dress. I am wearing a more brick red on my lips. I am just feeling more mature this year and not wanting to go out and party even though I do still want to drink on the beach. All the shit going on right now deserves a drink. Although this holiday has always been one of my favorites, I’ve always had a lot of stress associated with making sure my plans are perfect and that I see fireworks. But this year, it feels right to spend it with my family.
On 4th of July I am going to celebrate what America should be. An inclusive, free land of opportunity and acceptance. Not a land of hatred and backwards morals. Not a land that is committing heinous acts against children. That is not the America that I want to celebrate or be in but that is our reality right now.
If you feel as helpless as I do, here are some things you can do to help.
(Photo courtesy of @refinery29)
Donate to REICES, the largest immigrant leg services provider in Texas. They are working hard to reunite families in Texas but they can’t do it without our help. You can also donate to Peublo Sin Fronteras, Sacred Heart Church and Border Angels.
Speak loudly and write to your senators and representatives. You can RESIST BOT to do this. Text “Resist” to 50409 and follow the steps to create your own message. Your message will be sent directly to your representatives.
Call members on Congress. Call (202) 224-3121. State your zip code and when you’re connected say “I live in ______. I support SB3036, the “Keep Families Together Act”.
Download the "Stance" app which makes it easy to call your representatives and let them have a piece of your mind.
Let us END segregation based on race and nationality. Let us be an example of love and acceptance.
Of course if you know any other ways to help please let me know. Express immense gratitude to and for your friends and family and loved ones and that you get to spend this holiday with them. Not everyone can say the same.
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