In the name of social justice, two community members in the Raleigh/Durham area will be boycotting the Fourth of July, and are calling on their friends to do the same.
“You know, with so much injustice in the world – African Americans still going through racism, Mexican, Latino people still dealing with unfair immigration laws, and all of that – people are asking ‘what can I do as an individual to make things better?'” said Minister Paul Scott on Instagram.
“One easy thing everyone can do is boycott this July Fourth,” he continued.
“Don’t buy fireworks, don’t buy franks. Don’t buy none of that! That will send a message to this country that we will no longer tolerate injustice.”
“Community advocate” Diana Powell took the message to heart, and will be participating in the boycott.
“How many of you all feel free?” she asked. “We spend our money, we go to their festivities, we do all of that because it’s the Fourth of July, America’s birthday. But we’ve got a president up there saying we want to ‘make America great again.'”
“This is something everyone can participate in,” Powell continued. “We want to know what your address is – because we’re gonna be crashing cookouts that day.”
Powell and Scott told a local ABC station that they want to turn cookouts into rallies for social justice.
Despite their efforts, it is likely that most will celebrate tomorrow’s holiday traditionally.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
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