• http://molecularshyness.wordpress.com jen*

    Recognizing the privilege of being USian, I am still thankful to live here.  I understand the reticence since the US has many,  many faults.  There are many wrongs that yet need to be righted.  And yet.  

    Honestly, it’s hard to reconcile it all – but is it possible to celebrate a holiday (any holiday, really) in your own way, without contributing to the system?

  • Grace

    Well said Lyonside, but I personally don’t think you have to celebrate the holiday to believe in the possibility of a better country. I’ve been a fairly regular reader over the past year or so (and an occassional reader before that), and I’ll admit I too was a bit taken aback when I saw the “Happy 4th!” here.

  • Lyonside

    @descendent:disqusof the dark: I hear you on how the US’s history is wildly horrible towards many groups, starting with the native and indigenous peoples and ending… nope, still hasn’t ended.

     BUT…. But but but… part of working FOR the betterment of the country many of us were born in or are living in is appreciating those who went before and those who have worked and continue to work for change. It’s not a zero-sum game, and there are good and bad in every nation. Part of being part of Racialicious is being aware of the good parts of your country(ies), whichever it/they may be … or else, why would any of us fight so much to improve it?

    • Anonymous

      Well Said. :)

  • descendant of the dark

    i think it’s interesting that this i supposed to be a radical blog yet it’s promoting/acknowledging one of the most contradictory, racist and colonialist “holidays”. i just started reading this blog but i am not really turned off.

    • http://twitter.com/carmensognonvi Carmen Sognonvi

      I don’t think Racialicious has ever called itself a “radical” blog. That would be news to me.

  • http://molecularshyness.wordpress.com jen*

    happy 4th y’all. enjoy some bbq for us veggies.