Is This My America?
Is this My America? Land of the free, home of the brave? Is this my America? This is a land taken from Native Americans, a foreign land to enslaved Africans who were bought and sold like cattle, a "land of opportunity" to Hispanic and other immigrants who were encouraged to come and work, and later demonized. Is this my America? We love America--this is our country with all its greatness, freedoms, opportunities, and yes, also its flaws, demons, and hypocrisy. If America wants to take responsibility for its greatness, it should--it must take responsibility for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, to name only a few. That responsibility doesn't just mean eventual multi-million dollar settlements. It means that serious conversations about systemic and institutional racial injustice need to be a national conversation. Yes, this is My America. Ask us what we're doing to make it a better place. We'll answer and ask you the same.