The Fourth of July Isn’t for Black People

Something for African people living in the United States to think about. Allow me to also direct you to a piece by William H. Lamar IV “I Will Reflect, Not Celebrate.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/William-H-Lamar-IV/i-will-reflect-not-celebr_b_3516008.html

The Manuscript

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech in which he asked, “What to the American slave, is the Fourth of July?” His answer was “a day that reveals to him [the slave], more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim.” And prior to this question and answer, Douglass tells his predominately White audience “I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary.”

In 2012, this message still holds true. Whether enslaved physically by mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, or enslaved mentally by the psychological chains of Black-on-Black carnage, the myth of Black inferiority, dysfunctional families, overall disunity and economic disempowerment, the Fourth of July still isn’t ours. African Americans who have a false sense of freedom and believe that they’ve “made it,” aren’t exempt either.

But, keep in mind that regardless of…

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