The U.S. was built on diversity and a richness of culture that should be a source of pride, not the growing division evidenced in escalating current events. Yet on the 4th of July, Americans from coast to coast celebrate the same Independence Day. That’s significant when you stop and think about it and not forget it by the fifth.
July 4th is not just a day for fireworks and barbecues, it’s a day to remember that we are all truly equal, and that’s why brave men and women fight and die to protect ALL of us. Though we may not all look alike, American is American, and our unique strength is founded upon our freedom of diversity. Fun fact: race is a social construct and has no genetic basis in reality. (Radford)
Imagine our children growing up in a country where we respect our differences and celebrate our similarities, focusing on unity, not fostering division.
“I still believe America’s destiny is to become a living testament to what free human beings can accomplish by acting in unity.”
-United States Secretary of State John Kerry
It doesn’t have to be a thing of distant hope and wishful thinking. It can be simple, decent things we do now on a daily basis; things our children watch and mimic; things that others respond to positively and pay forward; things that ripple out and have an effect, a real effect (whether we’re immediately aware of it or not).
Being nice to each other, remembering different doesn’t mean lesser or greater than, that’s how real change, positive change, takes root. Isn’t that a life lesson from which our kids, and we ourselves, could benefit?
Have a safe and happy 4th of July! And may the days that follow ripple with kindness.