Land of the…free? Hmm.
Tomorrow is the 4th of July, also known as “independence day”, and I’m sure it’s independence day for a majority of the masses, however, what about the minority? What about us black people?
June has came and gone, and if you’ve been educating and staying in the loop, then you have been educated tons on how to donate to black causes, about black businesses, and have just had your eyes open to the tons of innocent black people that are being killed every single day(if your eyes weren’t somehow open before). One thing that you have also been informed about, was Juneteenth. I have a post explaining what Juneteenth is, but I’ll give you a very simple breakdown. Simply put, Juneteenth is on June 19th, and it’s the day slaves found out they were free. Of course, I suggest you read up on it more to educate yourself on more of the history, but that was just the short version.
I used to be someone who was all about celebrating the 4th of July…and by used to, I literally mean just last year. When you learn information, it can really help change your perspective on things. I’m someone who LOVES cute things and aesthetics, so I can’t help if I still try to go on theme and make some red, white, and blue themed white chocolate strawberries. I also love looking at fireworks, so I can’t help if I run to try and see them out my window. I have to reset my mindset and that can take time, but as of this year, I will no longer be celebrating the 4th of July.
If the answer wasn’t obvious when I explained Juneteenth, then I will tell you. I will no longer celebrate the 4th of July because it’s not my independence day. I rather celebrate the day that my ancestors became free than celebrate a day that was supposed to symbolize freedom, yet they were still slaving their lives away. Juneteenth is the black person’s independence day, and I will gladly go all out each year as I did for the 4th.
Lastly, just a reminder that as I haven’t been rude to people who celebrate the 4th of July or said anything disrespectful in this post, please give me the same courtesy, whether you agree or not.
While you’re popping fireworks and grilling, please take the time to donate, sign petitions, and check out my itinerary. It has a bunch of black creators, businesses, and so much more that you can look into supporting and purchasing from.
Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!