uspol, long, + / pos, mentions bad things, possibly controversial
I like living in the United States of America, and I support the USA.
I do not support literally everything done in the name of the country, nor do I think anyone does. Holding children in concentration camps is clearly wrong; systemic discrimination against various groups is also obviously bad. But I don't feel that the best way to fix them is to abandon the country because some jerks are doing bad things on its behalf.
Stonewall was a riot. But Stonewall happened here.
The March on Washington was a protest. But the March happened here.
The move to ban slavery caused a literal civil war. But it happened here.
We did those things. And we are better for them.
Is everything excellent? No.
Have we started wars? Yes.
Have we oppressed large populations? Yes.
Have we failed to make reparations for that oppression? Yes.
Even so, do I think things are *better than they were*? Yes.
Do I think we have a long way to go? Yes.
Do I think we can continue to make things better? Yes.
If you think that we can't improve, then that's on you.
I think we can.
I think it'll take work.
And I support people in their efforts to do so.
Happy 4th of July.
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