Taking the reigns of our own destiny has been a conversation that has lingered for centuries. In a country that has continuously taken our opportunities and sabotaged our growth, forcing us to divide and methodically tearing us apart at every turn, A group vows to change that zeitgeist.
how is this done? through the collection of ideas, passions, and paths, executing meticulous work to build long-lasting foundations of creation and possibilities. This is the divine path of We Impact Us. A capital region organization dedicated to creating solid social, political, and economic pillars for generations to thrive off. how do they do this? In a plethora of ways, one is via demonstration, on July 4th, 2020. By gathering together to establish their presence on one of the most influential days in American history, a powerful statement was made.
July 4th, usually a day for cookouts and the celebration of independence. The star bangled banner plays on the radios and people show out with their best outfits to celebrate America’s bloody liberation from The British Empire. A day in remembrance, of the declaration of independence that a group of white slave owners drafted to liberate from tyranny.
Ironic isn’t, tyrants liberating themselves from Tyrants?
I say this because July 4th wasn’t a celebration of independence for all. In fact, it was a day of protest and unity for many. Specifically the black population in America. On July 4th, many across america marched in solidarity to protest the day of America’s “freedom”.
I say freedom in quotations because America is far from free for all. For many, especially African Americans and all black and or brown people, Freedom is nothing but a word. A dream designed and molded for white America. For black america, freedom is the fallacy that has been delivered to us since June 19th, 1865, almost 90 years after the declaration of Independence.
Freedom does not exist in black America.
Why is this? This is because black America still faces the tyranny of white oppression. This includes segregation, mass incarceration, police brutality, the list goes on. In 2020, there is still a significant racial divide that plagues this country splitting it into several pieces. therefore Independence day is a lie. That is why on July 4th, many came out to march, and chant, and strive for a collective impact for many types of growth.
One such groups is We Impact Us, a group of individuals in the capital region of New York, seeking to create a collective of prosperity intheir community.
On July 4th, We Impact Us organized a march and flash mob in Colonie, NY, showing their collective union. a meeting point between Albany and Schenectady on Wolf road.
Imagine the scene, on a day we all wish to live in peace, we are reminded that peace cannot be achieved unless all life in this country is free.
“All lives don’t matter until Black lives matter” – DJ Ketchup
As people rallied in, most wearing all black in solidarity, you began to see rumblings of a powerful movement through the streets of Colonie.
I got the opportunity to speak to some of the organizers