alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
[personal profile] alatefeline
I don't have anything very coherent to say about the Fourth of July and what it means and has meant to me any why it is different for me this year and not-different for some other people and what else I'm thinking of because of that. So I'll let some friends have their say instead.

Babbling...I need to remember that the founding of the United States was definitely NOT an unmixed good for many people, especially the Native American nations that were decimated or genocided as colonial settlement. And some people are NOT okay with fireworks. And if there is a point to this line of thought, it's that this year things are definitely not improving and that's not okay. And that it is still true that this holiday is and has been important to me, and that I do still feel something like love and loyalty for my incredibly deeply awful nation.

If there is work to be done, let it be work that heals the world--
http://swan-tower.dreamwidth.org/816536.html

If we are to celebrate at all, let us all be allowed to celebrate--
http://stardreamer.dreamwidth.org/1626774.html

And if the world is f****d anyway, then at least, be kind--
http://bookblather.dreamwidth.org/431734.html

Date: 5 Jul 2017 01:35 (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
The european-decended people of the time were doing the genocide regardless of which white people were in charge, so that doesn't make me feel bad about the holiday per se.

I feel bad about lots of things in history, I just don't think the founding of this nation made the oppression worse. And the language of declaring independence--that all men are created equal--even though it wasn't implemented immediately, even though it still hasn't been properly implemented--I think it has at least given us a guiding principle to steer toward.

Date: 6 Jul 2017 19:15 (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
I'm working to try to fix that--and so are a lot of people I know!

Date: 5 Jul 2017 14:38 (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Nice links. I'm particularly fond of the third one.

Date: 6 Jul 2017 16:10 (UTC)
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
hugs. yeah, same.

Date: 6 Jul 2017 21:29 (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
*hugs* & thanks for the linky links, good stuffs

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