Something about this photo speaks to me this Fourth of July. It’s the mood, I think. Dark and somber, yet strong and, most of all, challenging. It doesn’t feel right to “celebrate” Independence Day while our nation’s capacity for cruelty and corruption is exposed so blatantly every day. This dark image of Lady Liberty is a challenge to face our country’s history and renew our commitment to live up to the ideals enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and that beautiful poem by Emma Lazarus. We have not lived up to those ideals, but we can change. We have to believe that we can be the country we aspire to be. That’s how I choose to honor the Fourth this year.