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For many in America, this week began with a celebration of our nation’s independence from Great Britain. Ironically, as the week comes to an end, many of us are mourning the division that’s currently permeating the United States, resulting from the death of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and now, several officers in Dallas.

I am hurting. For every life loss, I am hurting.

Even before the recent events, I couldn’t celebrate like many others did on the Fourth of July. I posted a picture of slaves in a cotton field instead because that was the vantage point of my ancestors on July 4, 1776. They weren’t free. Many of my supporters were upset by what they viewed as a divisive message being shared on a celebratory day. But there’s a difference between creating division and exposing the division that’s being ignored. As a good friend of mine explained, “The very nature of a holiday is to recall the past. But when we bring up our past — and present — suffering [we’re regarded as] divisive. How?” That’s something I’d like everyone who expressed dissent to my posts this week to ask themselves.

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