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20 Best Tweets Challenging the U.S. on July Fourth

  • Twitter reminds people of the colonial origins of conquest and slavery that was foundational to its establishment.

    Twitter reminds people of the colonial origins of conquest and slavery that was foundational to its establishment. | Photo: Twitter

Published 4 July 2015
Opinion

The #NothingMoreAmericanThan hashtag overtakes Twitter and slams American hypocrisy on July 4.

For many in the U.S., Independence Day is a reason to celebrate and take patriotic pride in the nation. The holiday is marked with American flags, hot dogs, parades, fireworks, and stories of “freedom,” bringing together families and friends for a day of relaxation.

But for historically marginalized communities the holiday also highlights a social and political reality that many U.S. Americans may not be so proud of.

Using the hashtag “Nothing More American Than,” people took to Twitter to challenge their fellow Americans to confront issues like colonialism, racism, mass incarceration, and militarism that continue to plague the country.

teleSUR English brings you the best of the #NothingMoreAmericanThan hashtag.

 

1.) Some tweets reminded people of the colonial origins of conquest and that slavery and genocide were foundational to the United States establishment.

2.) The trending hashtag also became an invitation to point out the racial realities and inequalities faced by many in the United States. 

3.) Yet, others on Twitter used the hashtag to offer cultural critiques of the United States.

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