I freely admit I’m an optimist. A straight white middle-aged man in America, I enjoy the privilege those adjectives gave me at birth. I didn’t earn them; they came with the set. As a result, I have the opportunity to hope some good comes out of our country’s current struggles.
Saturday marks another July 4th and the attending celebrations marking our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Like most things about our origin story, our declaration of this independence was awkward at first. The Second Continental Congress officially declared the independence of the 13 colonies on July 2, 1776, a year after the start of the Revolutionary War. Most of Congress never signed it until August 2nd as a result of several squabbles over the wording.