No Parade on July 4th

By, Dr. Kerris Dillon

Apparently, the U.S. will be celebrating “A Salute to America” on July 4th, 2019 in Washington D.C. with military tanks, a speech from the president, tons of military bands, a flyover by Air Force One, the Blue Angels, and the largest display of fireworks ever seen in the nation. The president has planned to give remarks from the Lincoln Memorial. (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/everything-you-wanted-know-about-trump-s-july-fourth-celebration-n1025606).

2.5 million dollars have been diverted from the National Park fund to be used for this parade. It will be interesting to see what the total cost of this parade will be with its conclusion. The parade that was supposed to be presented last year on July 4th was estimated to cost the nation 92 million dollars. It is expected the cost will be higher.

To be honest, I haven’t felt like celebrating the American nation for the past 2 years. The thought of eating grilled brats, drinking wine coolers, and waving small American flags with family and friends feels fake. My faith is hands-down the most important part of my life and nothing feels godly or good about what this nation is currently doing to other human beings.

As a mother, my worst nightmare is something bad happening to my children. Nothing makes me crazier than the thought of someone hurting my children or them being separated from me. I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of pain and anguish that immigrant mothers are experiencing in detention centers not knowing where their children are and if they are okay. In my heart and in my mind, this is not okay and will never be okay.

The latest stories and photographs showing immigrants sitting side by side with no additional room to move are appalling. Congresspersons and lawyers that have visited these detention centers stated they were worse than what they originally thought they would be. Children that are sick are not being given proper care and they have not been able to brush their teeth or shower. Older children have been taking care of younger children and diapers are not being changed. The smell is horrendous and the health conditions that may accrue could result in problems for others including American citizens. There is a reason that basic hygiene is important and this is because it eradicates unnecessary bacteria and viruses.

I could go on and on, but the point of this blog is to show the enormous contrast between the “haves” and “have-nots” in America. Our nation should not be celebrating July 4th with a 90-100 million dollar parade when thousands of human beings are suffering in cages and being told to drink “toilet” water. I believe a majority of our nation would be in agreement that we should “skip” on the parade and properly feed, house, and care for our brothers and sisters to the south.

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