I’ve always struggled with the day and what it means for the majority of people who live in the United States. So many have never truly been free. I haven’t celebrated it in more than 20 years.
Black people, people of color, indigenous people, and the LGBTQ+ community have not been celebrating the fourth for decades. Today, women no longer have a reason to celebrate. Despite our best efforts, all five groups have always been considered second class citizens, slaves, chattel, or worse. I suppose if you are a heterosexual, white, christian, land-owning male you can go about doing what you always do.