Happy 4th of You Lie (July)

The 4th of You Lie (July). [thanks to sacral on Nappturality.com and her Pan-Africans friends for this new name] What a wasteful day for a black man in America . Because 229 years ago you'd likely would be a slave if you were black in America. But I did enjoy the day off.
So today I bring to you Something Special : An excerpt of a 153 year old speech given by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852.

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Frederick Douglass
July 5, 1852
Rochester's Corinthian Hall

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 cruelty 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 sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, 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 the United States, at this very hour.n

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