2013-07-05 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Freedom Ain’t Never Been Free
By Ilyassha Shivers

I would like to wish everyone out there a happy Independence Day. When the fireworks have stopped exploding and the last hotdogs and hamburgers have been eaten take a few moments to thank the creator for keeping us safe, healthy and living in the land of the free and the brave.

When I thought about what I wanted to share with you this week I thought I would look at Freedom. As we celebrate I thought back to the birth of this country. The desire to be free and have the liberty to live as you choose costs something. During the 60’s there was a desire for change. Segregated schools, white only water fountains, that had to change. The nation was divided, but there was a spirit of change that swept through. Individuals dedicated their lives and resources to fight to make this a better place to live.

As I fast forward to 2013 we just had a week where the Supreme Court gave two landmark decisions that will forever change the direction of this county. The Voters’ Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation ever passed in this country and with a vote of a few men and women the law was changed. The blood and sweat of those for fought to make that change has been looked upon as nothing. So much of the work of Medger Evers, Dr. King, Malcolm X, and the Freedom riders has been undone. In the struggle for their rights, many lost their lives, and put their families in harm’s way.

Where and who are the leaders of today? Many of those who fought in the 60’s are either dead, incarcerated or working for some mainstream media company helping to lull the people to sleep as our country changes right before our very eyes.

On another matter, I have been married 17 years. For the record, I believe that each individual has the right to live as he or she chooses. Where I draw the line is when these life styles are forced upon the mainstream.

On this Fourth of July, I know there is much to be thankful for but always much to still fight for. A song that I listen to starts by saying “Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude.” Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream, it’s time we wake up.

Tell me what you think email me at shiverswave@gmail.com. Be well and don’t forget to read The Wave!

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