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The Fourth is for complainers

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Listening to conservatives, it seems that we have a crisis of gratitude in this country. Or rather, the lack of gratitude.

Take hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who turned away from the American flag when “The Star-Spangled Banner” played during the medaling ceremony for the Olympic trials. (She won third place.) “She should be removed from the team,” fumed Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) on Fox News. “The entire point of the Olympic team is to represent the United States of America.”

Take New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who produced the Pulitzer-winning 1619 project, which dared to suggest that slavery was actually deeply entwined with America’s founding. Instead of being grateful for the offer of a professorship at the University of North Carolina, Hannah-Jones had the nerve to agitate for tenure. (She received it this week.)

Take Juneteenth, which this year was made a federal holiday in its own right — much to the discomfort of some who bristled that celebrants of Black Emancipation Day weren’t content with our original holidays, including the glorious Fourth. “How many holidays do we want?” asked Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). “I mean where does it stop?”

Where indeed? Black billionaires........

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