Unfinished: Reflections on the Fourth of July, 2020

Black man’s face with red & white stripes/blue stars painted on it; excerpts from the Pledge of Allegiance at top of poster.
“I Pledge Allegiance…,” 1970. Poster from the collections of The Henry Ford.

It’s hard to reckon with the Fourth of July this year. More than any other time in my lifetime, we feel not like a country united, but a country radically divided — divided by ideology, by skin color, by income — and also physically divided by a worldwide pandemic that requires us to keep a literal distance from other people.