Wednesday, July 04, 2012

4th

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour…

-Frederic Douglass, 1852

Things are not better now.

3 Comments:

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7/10/2012 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Richard Neal said...

Nice article. I've written on this subject myself. Nice to find like-minded people.

10/02/2012 11:01 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Tragic poetry.

11/27/2012 10:27 PM  

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