Where is America going? What plans does it have for its own future? Will it choose the path of self-destruction, civil unrest, and violence? How can this country imagine a future without ever understanding its own past? The Fourth of July celebrates the Declaration of Independence, but how could that Declaration have happened without first seizing land and massacring people? Is the Fourth a celebration of the country without self-awareness? Without any reckoning of the violence, murder, war, genocide, deceit, slavery, coups, and racism which seep through the bowels of the nation? What can explosions in the sky symbolize other than the birth of a nation steeped in the horror of its decisions - past, present and future? Where is America going? Will the country come to terms with the repercussions of its terror or will it continue to pretend that to address the trauma it has caused is an act of unpatriotism? What does it mean to be a patriot to a country founded on genocide and slavery? Why are we taught Manifest Destiny brought enlightenment to the uninformed and civilization to the uncivilized when the complexity of indigenous societies is apparent to anybody who cares to look? Why celebrate a nation whose sole purpose is to erase the remnants of its own past?