July 5th … “The Day After” Independence Day: What Do We Remember? What Do We Choose to Celebrate? What Do We Choose to Forget? | EV&N 351 | CCTV



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July 4th is a national holiday in the United States, fraught with memories, dreams and nightmares from America’s remembered or imagined past.  Not all of its citizens share the same memories, dreams or nightmares.  For each citizen and resident some things are remembered, other things are forgotten.  The shape of times past has a different narrative meaning for everyone. Despite the speeches of unity and common purpose on the 4th of July, on the 5th of July — “the day after” Independence Day — these alternative narratives each year reassert themselves.

In 2020 the President of the United States chose not to speak of unity and inclusion, but used his opportunities to address the public to inflame ethnic and class divisiveness.



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