People Are Celebrating the 4th of July By Reminding Us #AmericaWasNeverGreat

People Are Celebrating the 4th of July By Reminding Us #AmericaWasNeverGreat
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Donald Trump's campaign slogan #MakeAmericaGreatAgain seems especially fitting on July Fourth, as the United States basks in its independence. 

But not everyone is celebrating. Starting in earnest Monday morning, Twitter users began using the hashtag #AmericaWasNeverGreat to point out all the injustices that still plague the country.

There was the mass murder of Native populations in America:

And slavery, which persisted well into the country's first century of so-called "independence."


Then there's the issue of trying to ban transgender people from using public bathrooms:

And the irony of Brock Turner's slap on the wrist for a brutal sexual assault:

And the frightening resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan:

For plenty of people, the land of the free ain't so free, after all. They're still waiting for it to become "great."

Read more: 
Brock Turner Will Only Serve 3 Months of His Six-Month Sentence for Sexual Assault 
Here's Why the 150th Anniversary of the Ku Klux Klan Should Frighten You in 2016 
7 Ways Black People Still Aren't Free in America

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Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a senior staff writer at Mic. She was previously an editor at Colorlines.

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