Not everyone was celebrating the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this weekend. In particular, four prominent media outlets, which delivered decidedly pessimistic assessments of the importance of American independence and its symbols this weekend.
The New York Times chose to publish a report on the implications of displaying the American flag.
The Times article it was titled “A 4th of July Symbol of Unity That Can No Longer Be Joined,” and claimed that honoring the flag was now a motive for the right wing. He said supporters of former President Donald Trump embraced the flag “so fervently” that liberals “have almost yielded the national emblem to the right.”
“Today, flying the American flag from the back of a pickup truck or on the grass is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit imperfect, of a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation,” said the Times. tweeted on Saturday.
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National Public Radio, referring to “13 British colonies”, also downplayed the significance of the Declaration of Independence in two Twitter posts, noting that “women, slaves, indigenous peoples and many others were not considered equal at the time.” .
In a second tweet, NPR added: “The document also includes a racist insult against Native Americans. Author David Treuer, who is Ojibwe, says there is a lot of diversity of opinion and thought among Native Americans, a community of more than 5 million people, on the words of the document, “added NPR a quote from Treuer:” We remain committed with forcing this country to live up to its own declared ideals. “
USA Today intervened with a story titled, “Are you ambivalent about celebrating the 4th of July? You’re not alone. “
The story was highlighted by Fordham University critical race theory law professor Tanya K. Hernández, who noted that it is common for marginalized American citizens to question the celebration of the July 4 festivities,
The story also pointed to a finding from a Gallup poll last year that found that the number of American adults who say they are “extremely” or “very” proud of being Americans is reaching a 20-year low.
The Washington Post attacked the Statue of Liberty in a trial Saturday. Writer Philip Kennicott called it “a meaningless symbol of hypocrisy” because of America’s history of racism, sexism, and anti-immigrant sentiment. He also said the statue was irrelevant to non-white Americans.
🧵 Today 245 years ago, leaders representing 13 British colonies signed a document declaring independence.
It says “that all men are created equal”, but women, slaves, indigenous people and many others were not considered equal at that time. https://t.co/dtE0z2Uabc
– NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2021