July 3, 2014
By Sister Karen D., member of Mercy’s anti-racism team
cc license (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo shared by John Dalton
Makeshift tents are popping up at intersections offering a full range of fireworks. Red, white and blue-frosted cupcakes grace supermarket shelves. The sound of firecrackers can be heard echoing in the distance. For Americans these are all unambiguous signs that the Fourth of July, the annual celebration of freedom commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is just around the corner.
Like many, I have taken pride in those noble words of the Declaration:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
However, my experiences as a member of the Sisters of Mercy’s Anti-Racism Team has made me aware of the structural racism that is embedded in the very foundations of our country, prompting me to look at the Declaration with new eyes. Read More