Some 4th of July thoughts from UtilityAPI's CEO, Devin Hampton
by Langston Hughes
I am so tired of waiting,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
And cut the world in two --
And see what worms are eating
This week, the Supreme Court cut open our world, once again laying bare the rotting core of American life. For the many of us who believe in clean air and the right to control our own bodies, the Court’s rulings left us feeling humiliated, like we made another own goal. I, like many of us, am tired of feeling let down. America has so much promise! But I’m troubled by how far away from it we seem. A whole people, a whole society could drown between where we are and where I, too, am waiting, wishing to be.
Our country holds itself as a beacon on a hill, proffering equal opportunity and protection under the law*, all the while adding asterisks to the claim. Now, *self determination and clean air not included. It feels gut wrenching, backwards, and oppressive. This feeling is not new for Black people, or other marginalized communities, who have always had to find inner fortitude and strength in the face of what would seem to be unwinnable oppression by a country that fails to live its stated values.
We thirst for a radical change to a good and beautiful and kind world that America promises. But as a people, we also value progress and growth no matter how slow and incremental. Fox News loves them some MLK, but I’m guessing those same folks were not fans back in the 60s. We are going to get there. And we are going to get there even if the Supreme Court has decided to backslide us to a bygone era that feels starkly un-American. These rulings — from a Court that has sullied its so-called supremacy — are a setback. But they are not the final word.
Like we always do, we can flip the script, use these terrible setbacks as the baseline for creating stronger, more just paths forward. Even though I am tired, I am heartened by the chorus of folks who are doing just that. My inbox is flooded with people and companies doubling down by guaranteeing healthcare, by implementing and codifying new policies and laws that protect the air we breathe and committing to a path toward stopping climate change.
At UtilityAPI we’re proud to join the movement, and to lead our piece of it. As a company, we have donated to Planned Parenthood to help preserve care for others while guaranteeing access to all kinds of healthcare for our employees. We continue to invest in the data tools we offer, tools that arm other companies to win the fight against climate change.
This 4th of July, I want to celebrate America. Not the America that this Court misses or wants to force back upon us, but the America that celebrates our roots and the growth that sprouted from our high-minded — though flawed — beginnings. To do that, this week and beyond, we will fight to keep that growth and progress toward the world we want. Because the truth is, the world will never become good or beautiful or kind until we make it happen. We are tired, but now is not the time to roll over. It’s the time to fight.
So this 4th of July, I will be taking that to heart as I celebrate our country’s promise. Because as Langston Hughes also wrote, “I, too, am America.” Happy 4th y’all.
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