Jun 12 , 2020
"There’s no better time to love and support all things local
Has there ever been an Independence Day quite this strange?
In true 2020 fashion, the occasion seems all but ironic this year. For one, most of us remain indoors, wary of the still vaccine-less virus. There’s a protest (or should we say mañanita?) happening outside and virtual rallies taking place online. And don’t even get us started on how the concept of freedom appears to be inching further and further out of our reach.
It would be a lie to say these times aren’t troubling. The internet, a space many of us once associated with art and escapism and self-expression, has now become the everyday bringer of bad news. We’re gearing up to fight for the independence that this country that supposedly won 122 years ago. We cling to hashtags like they’re our only ticket to reclaiming our rights—and maybe they are—and it’s unsettling, to say the least. It’s been a long time since loving a nation felt this difficult.
If there’s anything that we’ve learned, though, it’s this: we love this country more than anything. More than the authorities and the online trolls and the government know. And we won’t take this sitting down. The past few months have been a display of the affection we harbor for our countrymen, an incessant loop of “sign this petition” and “donate to this cause” and “buy from this business, they’re local.” We hope you don’t mind that we add a few with this list.
Beauty: Product X
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