4th of July

July 4th, 2020 – today we celebrate the birth of the United States of America when colonists won their freedom from British rule. But the origin of this nation is indelibly fraught with contradictions. This nation’s forefathers brought forth the foundation of modern democracy, but they also allowed for the enslavement of peoples and the taking of indigenous peoples’ land. So, as we all celebrate this 4th of July, it is important to not only celebrate America’s struggle for democratic ideals, but to also educate ourselves on why those ideals are not yet fully realized. As Elizabeth Warren said, “My hope is that we all take this Fourth of July to reflect on our history and commit to the work that needs to be done so Black Americans and people of color can live free of oppression. White supremacy has shaped so much of our story—but we can write a new chapter together.”

Here are several resources to help you celebrate this holiday safely:

  • Check out the SF Chronical for information on how to celebrate the holiday in the Bay Area
  • The NY Times has more ideas and resources for what to do this weekend virtually and around the country

And here are other educational resources for this holiday:

  • GGU’s Dean of the MBA program, Robert Shoffner, linked to Fredrick Douglass’s powerful 4th of July speech on Twitter. This speech was also posted recently by NPR, this version was a read by the descendants of Frederick Douglass
  • Another great resource is a pod cast by The New York Times called ‘1619’, which delves into the experience and ramifications of enslaved peoples in the US
  • For those Hamilton fans out there, it is now available on Disney+. You can read a review of the performance on NY Times

I hope that we are all staying safe and healthy. See you next week!

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