What does this year’s Fourth of July mean to Black America? The same question was asked July 5, 1852, by Frederick Douglass in his speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” He referred to an “immeasurable distance” between black and white America still revealed in every metric in society.
Boston Pride just included two programs aimed at LGBTQ people of color – Black Pride and Latinx Pride. But more must be done. These communities will not hold their breath, though, especially the black trans community.
Today’s 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination is a searing reminder of unaddressed gun violence in America. The generations of children in a safer, healthier America that MLK dreamed of now live in fear of guns – when they are not running from them.