This month in Saint Lucia, we celebrated 39 years of Independence. This year, Independence Day celebrations differed from many years that I’ve experienced. This year, I noticed many people waving our flag from their cars and in general, the expression with national colors seemed to be at an all-time high. We love symbols and symbolism here — from the crucifixes we wear around our necks, to carrying Jansport backpacks at school.
What do we find when we observe these symbols? What’s there and what does Independence mean?
How often do we ask that question? How often do we ask whether or not we’ve truly “made it” out of colonial oppression?