Thursday, July 3, 2008

Freedom

Independence Day or as I like to say, "Freedom Day" (well I've never outright said it, but it sounds so much cooler) is coming up, tomorrow. Anyone excited? Any plans? I've got none, as usual.

I kinda miss the fireworks aspect of it all. The cool colorful ones are really expensive and I've never had to money to buy them, but I will one day when I'm rich and famous, or at least the former, Insha'Allah (God Willing). And I remember as a little kid growing up in NYC, we'd either park our car on the bridge (between Manhattan and Queens, I think) and watch the fireworks over the river, or celebrate at home. But that changed a while ago. That kinda stuff's illegal now and the residential streets of NYC are so quiet that you'd kinda think the 4th of July was the 3rd of July.

I wonder why they were banned. Maybe people started losing limbs? Maybe houses started burning down? I really should look into that.

Independence day doesn't really mean anything to me. Yeah, we got our "freedom" but (depending on your place of residence) people of different religions/ethnicities in this country are still treated as second class citizens. I was born and raised in this country but I don't even consider myself American. I consider myself Asian American and I think my whole generation will consider themselves that. People look at me like I'm an alien, because I wear a "turban" on my head. What will it take for me to be American? Whatever happened to freedom of religion??? Which is the exact reason people fled from England to THIS land. *sigh*

This is what I feel like being "AMERICAN" is defined as:
  • must be light skinned
  • must speak only English, unless you're risque and wanna learn French or something
  • must be Christian or Jewish
  • ancestors must be a mixture of all the European countries

I know people will definitely disagree with me on that but sometimes, I have no American pride (but then again, I'm not much of a nationalist). Yeah, I like living here, but I don't feel like this place is home. Isn't home somewhere you feel comfortable? Somewhere you're accepted because of who you are? Maybe that's Canada.

Anyway, enough of my rambling...and I dunno if I'm supposed to post something now, because we've got some blog rules or whatever, but rules are made to be broken! (Corny? Yes) And I don't care because it's almost independence day and that means I will take advantage of my freedom. ;)

16 comments:

Mrs. Cullen said...

it makes me sad when people post over my blog post. sigh

Simply me said...

Stop being a drama queen.

Mrs. Cullen said...

this is true! ok i shall stop, inshallah. wait. you don't feel comfortable? move to canton, i can see how hamtramick would get you to feel all congested and dirty.

Simply me said...

I was speaking of America in general. And Hamtramck is pretty cool, ok? I actually feel uncomfortable once I step outside of Hamtramck. So stop being mean! :(

Mrs. Cullen said...

ok i was joking

Simply me said...

Says the person who's country people have an actual demeaning phrase for BANGLADESH!


I know you were joking, and I too.

Anonymous said...

you are beautiful simply me.

Simply me said...

I know the previous comment was from you, Mrs. Cullen. So much for being obvious!

Mrs. Cullen said...

I have no idea what you're talking about

Artistic Logic said...

hahaha @ the canada part... n i agree with most of what u said....
n dood u only wrote 1 post before this one, i dono y u thought the rule was applying to u lol... its only to limit excessive posting back to back.... that be's all...

controlled chaos said...

wow. thanks for putting everything into such a wonderful perspective.

controlled chaos said...

and i was NOT being sarcastic...seriously i loved it.

whitefawn87 said...

what needs to happen is that we need to usurp the ideals of what being American is, and create it to fit our identities. Make people take you for who you are, and if they look at you funny.. be like... i'm american... BORN AND RAISED! (i'm always like... Born and raised in boston... and i love whipping out the boston accent)

whitefawn87 said...

oh by the by... i'm going to an open mic/slam tonight in detroit at the java exchange... :) if you wanna join into doing something tonight.

Falling Up said...

I think they banned them because people are stupid and use them for other reasons. Here some kids chew on them. Don't ask. Neither will I.

Falling Up said...

Oh and ps - I feel ya. I love living in America only because I grew up there. Not America, actually. but in my house. Ouisde is a different story. Neighbors are nice and everything but sometimes when I walk through the mall someone flips me off or calls me an "effing terrorist/Mozlem.."