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Independence For Whom?

Independence Day: An introspection for the significance of the 4th of July and what it really representsBy: Nicole Lashomb*/Editor-in-Chief⁠—As the July 4 federal holiday passed, and patriotic hymns echoed across the country, I found myself examining my own past, my present thoughts (racism, #BlackLivesMatter, Indigenous people’s rights, Trans rights, women rights, etc.), and the future I want to see as it relates to “independence” and all that it should represent.

Growing up and the privilege I had, the 4th of July meant a time to gather with friends and family, a time for BBQs in the backyard or going to camp along a beautiful crystal clear river.

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