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“We’re out here today because we know that July 4th is supposed to be a symbol of freedom, but that freedom has never been applicable to all. We’re out here to hold our country accountable, to fight for systemic change and to really make sure that people know this is just the beginning of this movement. We need to make sure that every single day we are coming out here and we are reckoning with the history that so many times has oppressed people of color and Indigenous people.” —Chelsea Miller (2nd from left), Co-Founder of Freedom March NYC at the Unite NY Rally and March in Madison Square Park. Also pictured, Nia White (left), Co-Founder of Freedom March NYC and other members the organization. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom for W magazine.
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“This holiday is just so hypocritical to me. It is a story about independence—they used slaves to fight for their independence, but didn’t fight for the slaves. African-Americans, who have been fighting for this country since the beginning, have never received equality and equity. This is a stolen land, built on the backs of slaves, and we never got any form of reparations or any form of dignity. Our history has been stolen from us, our culture has been stolen from us, and America will not acknowledge this, so this is how we make them acknowledge it. We cancel and boycott their July 4th, until we have a real holiday and a real country that represents everyone.” —Clive Destiny, member of Unite NY 2020 at the UNITE NY Rally and March in Madison Square Park. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom for W magazine.
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“Honestly, the 4th of July this year doesn’t really mean too much to me, because it’s ‘Independence Day,’ yet there are so many people who do not have independence. They can’t live normally, like a free [person]. This country claims that people do, but I’m out here to show that it’s complete bullshit. We need to fight for everyone to be independent; that’s what I’m out here today for, because there is no independence. That is what we’re supposed to be fighting for right now.” —Honor at the UNITE NY Rally and March in Madison Square Park. Photographed by Serichai Traipoom for W magazine.