It’s no secret that women of color have a complicated relationship to patriotism in this country. Many black women identify with their ethnicity before their nationality due to our history of marginalization and subjugation in America, among other reasons.

To be clear, the thrill of “Independence¬†Day” with its fireworks and bbqs isn’t shared by all. And that relationship materializes in the clothes we choose to wear on Fourth of July.

While some women proudly rock red, white and blue, others just don’t feel connected enough to the United States to wear those colors; more feel the look is corny and would never partake in it.

What’s your take on dressing up for Fourth of July?

If you’re into the red, white and blue look, here are a few options:



-Jessica C. Andrews

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