Yesterday, the nation celebrated the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the day when the founding fathers revealed and signed a document hailing freedom and liberty for all. Within The United States’s Declaration of Independence, phrases like “all men are created equal” and have “certain unalienable rights” were undoubtedly meant as an inspiration not just for America but for humanity. The words encourage us to look at each other and appreciate the individual gifts, talents, culture and ideas each person contributes to the world and to respect it as their birth right.
While the document’s timelessness is unarguable, one may be inclined to ponder its relevance to our daily lives as they currently play out. Currently in the US – our community included – the prevailing atmosphere seems to be a simultaneous mix between the search for a collective “identity” and the building of invisible walls of separation, even within communities.
At a time when the whole country seems divided on essential conversations about its own future, when politics are fundamentally polarized AND polarizing; when cultural fragmentation seems to be the order of the day, and when social media and the web allows us to tear each other apart in conveniently short posts, is the declaration of independence still relevant? Is it still observed as intended?
As Americans who happen to be Latino, we’d love to discuss this with you! Join us tonight at 9pm EST, on LATISM!
- Given all the current tumultuous environment [political and otherwise] does the phrase “all men are created equal” still ring true?
- Is the country slowly but surely becoming more united, or are we just self-segregating into little like-minded cultural clusters?
- Would it be better for America to have a single common culture? If so, how can it be achieved?
- If not, is there a way for foster community and interconnectedness among the different communities?
- DATE: July 05, 2012
- TIME: 9pm EST
- HOSTESS: Elianne Ramos aka @ergeekgoddess
- WHERE: http://www.tweetchat.com/room/latism