Good morning my lovelies in the western continents and good evening and happy nights for all my lovelies on the eastern parts of the world. Today is the 244th Independence Day of the this great country of the United States. I am thank you to this beautiful land for giving me a good life and future. I am a Bangladeshi by birth have called the United States my home and country for more than two-third of my life and I am forever grateful for that.
Two hundred and forty-four years ago, 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. While we celebrate such occasion ask yourselves,”Are we truly Independent?”.
My dear beautiful lovelies! We may be independent from England but we are all entrapped by the shackles of disease, social and racial injustice, health and income inequalities, gun violence. How can we be truly Independence while carrying so much baggage.
My loveliness! I hope still have hope for this wonderful nation. The past few years, we have seen rise in call for changes for the good. Whether it’s the million women march, the Me Too movement, march against gun violence, or rising world-wide protest against racial inequality and injustice, all these movements shows one things: We are all tired of inequality and are ready for change. We are tired of unequal and broken healthcare systems, racial disparities. How many of you have been pulled over by cops for just being who you are. As the great Dr. Martin Luther King said, “
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream...I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”
My dear lovelies! I still believe with those strong words and try to live each day with the aim to fulfill those dreams. All of us who came to this wonderful nation, the land of immigrants, came with those dreams in our eyes. Even though I was fortunate enough to live in the most diverse part of the nation, I still have faced some form of discrimination, whether a boss telling me that I can’t write because English may be my second language, even though I did my schooling in this beautiful nation and am fortunate enough to hold two graduate degrees with honors and several publications under my belt; or stopping my a cop because my car looked suspicious; or even told by many to go back to my country and this country is not more me. Nevertheless, those were nothing compared to all the supports I have received from the beautiful people of this country. I have was fortunate enough to be able to know wonderful and kind police officer on a personal level or even have friends, neighbors, bosses, and co-workers who always have my back.
I still consider myself a fortunate person, whose father worked multiple jobs to provide for his family, and taught us to be a kind human first before anything else. Thanks to all the support, I am where I am and what I do.
My beautiful lovelies, around the world, let us all stand together and declare our independence from all those baggage. May our lives be blessed and truly independent.
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