Frederick Douglass gave a speech on On July 5, 1852, during an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. It was matter of fact break down of his “our” where told his audience (the white peoplez), “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked them, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?” (in my best Madea voice Helleer!)
“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.”
I am not posting this to make any one feel bad about the new outfit they bought for themselves for the 4th, getting their hair, nails done (ladies & fellas) or for BBQ’ing, I just think we need to remember.