Rather than acting like pseudo-patriots blinded by the flash of fireworks and national anthems, many are taking to twitter under #NothingMoreAmericanThan to voice the hypocrisy of celebrating freedom while maintaining systemic oppression.
While it would have been better not to simplify the Americas as being representative of a US experience and nothing else (this reproduces exceptionalism & neocolonization), the way in which digital activists have repurposed this hashtag is to be commended. Especially since it’s likely tweets would have continued to conflate and normalize whiteness with US citizenship, as well as erase the struggle for survival that many communities face.
Let the Twitter Teach-In Begin:
Side note: If any of these make you respond with the tired, “if you hate it so much here you can just leave” arguments, or any variation of it, you’re part of the problem.