The Recommencement of America

The unanimous Declaration
of the fifty United States of America
and the five U.S. territories,
When in the Course of human events,
it becomes necessary for one people

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We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all people are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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That to secure these rights,
To which Laws of Nature
and of Nature’s God entitle them
Governments derive their just powers
from the consent of the governed,

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That whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People
to alter or to abolish it,
in such form,
as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Breonna’s Law
Michael Brown Law
Oh, yeah, that one didn’t pass
Police still don’t have to wear body cams
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But when there is a long train
of abuses and usurpations,
it is their right,
it is their duty,
to abolish the forms
to which they are accustomed,
to throw off such Government,
and to provide new Guards
for their future security,

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In every stage of these Oppressions
Black Bodies have Petitioned for Redress
in the most humble terms:
Black People’s repeated Petitions
have been answered only by repeated injury.

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Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world
for the rectitude of our intentions,
of Right ought to be Free and Independent;
And for the support of this Declaration,

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With a firm reliance on the protection
of divine Providence,
we mutually pledge to each other
our Lives,
our Fortunes and
our sacred Honor.

Black Lives Matter

America, let us recommence.

Taken from the Declaration of Independence

Today is Sunday, Day 110 in Bahrain, day 75 of The Isolation Journals with Suleika Jaouad. The prompt is by recent high school graduate, Lincoln Debenham: “Write your own commencement speech for whoever needs it—whether it’s your own graduate, family, or community. Your change making could start here, with your own words.”

3 thoughts on “The Recommencement of America


  1. “Recommence.” I love it.

    I have a question, Denise. If/when you come back to the United States, if you were still going to teach, would you say the Pledge of Allegiance aloud? I’m wondering about pledging support to a flag and I’m wondering about that last part – “with liberty and justice for all.” It sounds like empty promises.


    1. Wow, such a great question, Joy. I’m not such I’ll be teaching when I come back, but I would definitely not say the flag salute again. I would tell my students why. I spent some time on your Live Binder this morning looking at teaching resources, so maybe I will get to practice again in the classroom. I hope that I would also be brave enough to kneel for the national anthem. I wanted to when I was at a baseball game a couple summers ago, but I wasn’t brave. I need to be both impeccable in my word and actions.

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