Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July ! A bit of American Improvement History, Saturday, 04 July 2015

"Happy 4th of July !  
Frederick Douglass 4th of July Message
In his speech to the Rochester Ladies' Anti Slavery Society on 7/5/1852, he would make it plain for those of us of color who fail to see the irony of this holiday. Here is a piece: Fellow citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! - whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday,are today rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them...Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly bids herself to be false to the future.... 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 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 religous parade and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deciption, impiety, 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".... Frederick Douglass ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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