Today I don’t feel like a patriot, exactly.
I feel grateful for the opportunity to have my life, and alongside my peers here, to engage in trying to create change.
I’m not waving flags, wishing anyone a happy anything, or lighting off fireworks. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the changing of humanity’s mindset as we get more honest and reflective about the world in which we live. We can be grateful AND show that gratitude in November. #HeroesResist
If America Were A Person: Birthday Edition
The Democratic side of the family calls up:
We're so sorry America, we know it's your birthday, but we just can't do a party right now. Some of us are working, others are sick &we're all trying to social distance.
America: Ok, I totally understand. It's been a lousy year &a party just isn't a good idea. We can all do something big later in the year, like November!
Dems: That sounds like a great idea! Happy Birthday!
America: Thanks, stay safe!
America walks into the back yard to find the Republican side of the family a crowded together without masks.
America: What are you doing? This is a horrible idea! Go home!
Aunt Karen: Oh no sweetie, we're having a party whether you like it or not! Uncle Donnie's giving a speech &everything!
America: (groans)What's that around his neck? It's not a mask.
Aunt Karen: Oh, that's his dog-whistle! He loves to blow it &then pretend he didn't when the neighborhood dogs get riled up! (giggle)
Meanwhile, the rest of the GOP uncles are spitshouting over the cake as they gerrymander it so that there's only a little bit of chocolate in each slice. The aunts are calling the cops on the neighbors for breathing, and the cousins have set off fireworks too close to the house but noone is taking responsibility for the fire, much less calling the fire department.
America: (hangs their head) Worst. Birthday. Ever.
How many more deaths will there be until those in power wake up and realize how dire this situation is? The American Medical Association classifies the murder rates of trans women as an epidemic. 19 beautiful women have lost their lives due to hate and ignorance that is permitted by the status quo. This needs to stop. #TransWomenAreWomen #CameronBreon
NBC Miami: "Broward Authorities Searching for Shooter in Transgender Woman's Killing": https://is.gd/l2Qbh2
I would hardly use it if that were the case.
Music video that contains two brief segments of mild flashing effects
This song isn’t really about Independence Day in the USA, but I feel like sharing because I love it anyway.
Comsat Angels, “Independence Day”
(There are two brief segments of mild flashing effects, starting at around :48 and again at around 2:09.)
@Dagny If all of the houses in the HOA need to look the same, perhaps everyone could put up BLM signs in the yards.
Often enough, chosen family is the best family.
I’ve mentioned that I have some family members planning a cookout today that I won’t be attending. Some of my close friends, on the other hand, are planning an online game session on Tabletop Simulator and I’m so proud. My friends (my chosen family) are smarter than my blood family, I’m sorry to say. #StayAtHome #WearAMask
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