This oppression is what out country was founded on. This oppression is what the country grew on. And it continues to this day.
Often I am glad to live in this country. Sometimes I am even proud, though generally I am angry, ashamed, disgusted, scared, and betrayed.
I don't expect perfection, but I expect improvement. And I expect awareness of the failings of the past, and the work that still needs doing. And until I see this recognition on the part of the US, and it truly is an Independence Day for all of the people of the US, I cannot join in on the celebrations of the Fourth.