I hear them all the time outside my campus apartment - crazy, immature undergrads setting off fireworks at 2 AM when I'm trying to sleep peacefully. They're causing so much racket I want to go out there and tell them to cut it out. Alas, I don't want to look like a jerk, so I put earplugs in my ears and sleep anyway.
Nonetheless, for me, there will be no fireworks this 4th. There will be no celebration from me. For July 4th is not a day I celebrate. No, why should I celebrate it? I live in a country that thinks it's okay to oppress homosexuals. I live in a country that thinks it's okay to oppress women. I live in a country that thinks it's okay to treat non-Christians badly.
Is there really anything any of us have to celebrate? The truth of the matter is that we don't. Americans like to think they have so many freedoms here that you don't get anywhere else (not even in other developed, democratic countries), and in a lot of cases, more freedoms than what you get here. So do we really celebrate independence and freedom this day? Or do Americans blindly celebrate the oppression and social injustice that the government promotes and the American people promote?
That's why I'm not celebrating this day. The day that America became an independent nation was the day that set in motion the path that the US would take today. Americans all throughout the ages have demonstrated superiority complexes over people of all other nationalities. It's unacceptable.
No, July 4th is a day I mourn. I mourn the bondage and oppression that Americans are subjected to. I mourn the fact that there really is no freedom of expression here. I mourn the fact that Americans are unaccepting of foreigners. I mourn the fact that women are still paid 73 cents for every dollar a man makes. I mourn the fact that gays are not given equal protection under the law.
I mourn that the USA ever became an independent country....