Tuesday marks the Fourth of July – America’s birthday. Given the politics of the moment, there has never been a more important time to reflect upon what America is and what America stands for. In particular, given the recent efforts to isolate America from the rest of the World, to clamp down on immigration, and to enact legislation that would prejudice the already disenfranchised (by diminishing their healthcare access and redistributing wealth from poor to rich), it has never been more important to turn back to America’s first principles – a pluralistic, free society, aimed where all people (to quote the Declaration of Independence) are created equal, with “certain unalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
What Does the Fourth of July Have to do with Multiracialism or Multiraciality?
The very bedrock upon which the Multiracial Community is founded is freedom – freedom to marry and start families with any other that a person should so choose and freedom to enjoy all the rights and privileges granted to all other persons in the United States free from discrimination and prejudice.
Regrettably, these freedoms have often been under attack and nothing short of heroic effort has been needed to vindicate them. Indeed, this June 12, 2017 marked the 50th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a Supreme Court decision holding that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional, thereby guaranteeing people’s rights to marry whom they chose.
Still with every successful effort to safeguard freedom, we see another effort to subjugate it. In recent years, of course, we’ve seen efforts to hamstring voting rights through so-called voter-fraud prevention efforts. We must resist all such efforts.
Yet, just as we do, there is no doubt that again and again, time after time, there will be those who will rise up, and in an effort to obtain or maintain power, will seek to take freedoms from others. And, all too often, these efforts are of conservative, White, male “leaders.” When these efforts are made, we must remind ourselves that America is at its greatest when it provides freedom and equal opportunity, regardless or race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
And, thus, as we prepare to celebrate America’s birthday this Fourth of July, we can think of no better way to do so than to watch and to recommend your viewing, this video featuring a racially diverse lineup of descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, demonstrating that America truly is a great melting pot.
In addition to being the founders of Multiracial Media, both Sarah and Alex are writers and opinionated ones at that. They like to write about many topics, including: politics (encompassing issues on race, gender, the LGBTQ—U.S. and geopolitics), current events (which could, of course, encompass politics), pop culture, culture and many, many others. The Letter from the Editor may cover our thoughts on current events or on-gonig issues that are important to the Multiracial Community. You never know what we’re going to write about and it may even include some humor, since Alex is a stand-up comic.