Today is Independence Day, when we celebrate when a group of citizens made the decision to challenge the leading imperial power of that day.
Now the populist credentials of our Founding Fathers can be questioned. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were a landed gentry, many of them held slaves.
But what is often forgotten was that our fight for independence was a resistance. And it was only the first; there would be struggles for African American’s to first be freed, and then be equal, women needed to fight for their right to vote and then their equality, working Americans had to fight for a 40 hour week, safe places of work, etc. Recent struggles have been for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered citizens to gain equality.
These efforts have been met by resistance from reactionaries, who pine for an earlier time when power was in the hands of a few. At this time, these people seem to have seized power. So, as has happened time and time again, a resistance has rose up.
Folks like me, who have taken to the streets in opposition to racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, environmental destruction, and the rest of the Pandora’s Box of deplorable ideas are standing on shoulders of such giants as; Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Mother Jones, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez , and millions of others who have stood before us.
While we have their efforts to guide us. We have tools and technology that they could never conceived; the ability to communicate instantly, and access almost any resource we need. We can bypass corporate media and create our own.
So to those who would say that folks like me are being “unpatriotic” for standing up to Trump. I say, “Read your history!”