The 4th of July is a solemn reminder that our fight for freedom and liberty continues

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As I drive through Worthington, Minnesota, I genuinely reflect on all of the different forms of oppressive tactics and capitalistic systems in place to continue to keep Black folks in their current conditions in the United States of America.

Happy 4th of July! I understand why some people within the Black community feel this is a date in which we are not included. I understand why some Americans choose not to celebrate today and I don’t feel as though that makes them any less American than you and I.

Reminder: as we celebrate and take pride in our country, we also should not pretend to not see the continued issues, systemic racism, inequality, and injustice that continues to exist.

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I can honestly say that these last few months working in Worthington on COVID-19 and criminal justice reform in my community, and trying to not constantly get shut out of every conversation has been exhausting.

Constantly having to try and get community voices valued with people that aren’t used to doing it with me is HARD! We may be in our 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but we still have a long, long way to go.

Before you comment on this post or try and convince me otherwise, please understand I DO NOT HAVE THE ENERGY TO EDUCATE TODAY, so just leave it!

Instead, go have a conversation with your BIPOC neighbor, or call your elected officials and tell them that we need to include cross-cultural, race equity, and social justice work in the Worthington’s City and Nobles County’s budget proposals for FY2021, so that I don’t have to keep trying to convince them!

Thank you! 🇺🇸

Photo Credit: Nadia Cardenas Gallagher

Cheniqua Johnson