Our forefathers had the vision for a democracy for all people, but they did not represent all people. Our nation is the nation of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, but we claimed a country which belonged to the Native Americans and we brought to this country against their will Africans who, if they survived, were denied their basic freedoms as enslaved individuals, the ramifications of which they and we are still suffering today.
While we have the best democracy in the world, we have major issues that threaten our foundation, a foundation for some and not for all. This Independence Day, let's redefine what our democracy means: we the people, meaning all people not just the rich people, or the straight people, or the able-bodied, or urban elite or Silicon Valley, or the Ivy League legacies or those whose relatives came here on the Mayflower. Inclusive Independence means a new generation of leadership where we are in touch, we collaborate honestly, respectively and authentically instead of competing with reckless abandon and/or imperious self interest that excludes whole groups of people. Let's redefine our democracy to be a nation that carries out the vision of our forefathers in ways that can heal our past and build a future where we are not separated by race, class and gender but realize the best within all of us, collectively and individually, because of it.
Our best days in America are ahead.
Here's to Inclusive Independence Day July 4 and every day thereafter.