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Part 2; Independence Day For Africans.

July 2, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) In 1852, Frederick Douglass spoke of America’s hypocrisy when dealing with the issue of slavery.

He mused: “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth 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 denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; yourFrederick_Douglass_portrait 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 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.”

Frederick Douglass did not speak with an apologetic or covert tongue that day.  No, this noble man of princely mien and grace spoke with dignity and righteous indignation, as he outlined the emptiness of the Independence Day celebration for the African in America.

“I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary,” he exclaimed. “Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me.

“The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by asking me to speak today?”

Frederick Douglass mocked the nerve of America to at once invoke the Bible and the Constitution in hypocrisy.

He queried: “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?  Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery-the great sin and shame of America!

Frederick Douglass made a clear speech that day, which left no question as to where he stood, even in the midst of whites who would have gladly received a weaker speech, which they certainly expected.

“I will not equivocate, I will not excuse,” he delivered. “I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, shall not confess to be right and just….”

Frederick Douglass made the audience aware that he was not there on their agenda, even if on their invite.

He articulated with strength: “What–am I to argue that it is wrong to make men brutes, to rob them of their liberty, to work them without wages, to keep them ignorant of their relations to their fellow men, to beat them with sticks, to flay their flesh with the lash, to load their limbs with irons, to hunt them with dogs, to sell them at auction, to sunder their families, to knock out their teeth, to burn their flesh, to starve them into obedience and submission to their masters? Must I argue that a system thus marked with blood, and stained with pollution, is wrong? No! I will not. I have better employment for my time and strength than such arguments would imply.”

Douglass’s speech should be learned and recited by America’s school children each year.  He made it clear that there is no rival to America for the legacy of its peculiar institution.

“Go where you may, search where you will…lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival,” said Douglass.

So, on the 4th of July each and every year, we should celebrate the life of Freedom Fighters such as Frederick Douglass.  And in doing so, we are to illustrate the duality and hypocrisy of America, which reigns covertly still, even as liars let fall from their lips: “Let Freedom Ring!”

Happy Birthday, America, you dirty old bitch!

Staff Writer; Darryl James

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4 Responses to “Part 2; Independence Day For Africans.”
  1. Rick says:

    Good article. Our Jewish ordained black leaders need to go to the Frederick Douglass School for Black Leadership. Those black leaders need to pray and speak Mr. Douglass’s words to the masses. And above all, these black leaders need to stop taking the money. It’s the money that they take that helps to continually enslave black human beings. So, stop taking the money.

    Rick

  2. Ford says:

    ….Robert. I agree our freedoms are under threat and I think it comes directly from the white house. Targeting ones political opponents using the IRS is frightening. I hope the players get their asses nailed.

  3. ROBERT says:

    TO FORD .THE words of FEDERICK DOUGLASS cut very deep as do all of our AMERICAN ancestors black and white. REMEMBER it was THOMAS JEFFERSON who said that he feared for his country because he knew GOD was just. JUSTICE is a natural law that no individual or nation can escape. FEDERICK DOUGLASS lived in a time when AMERICA had open distain for the rest of humanity;to the degree that she openly trafficked in her fellow human beings and even had public slave auctions reducing humankind to mere beast. BETWEEN that time and now AMERICA has had countless wars of conquest ;destroying many nations most of whom was never a threat to AMERICA or even had a grievance with her. IN the 2013 AMERICA finds herself in the position the she has put many people in a corrupt government a police state where torture spying and secret detention is a part of our lives now. IF I were you I would not be so offended by a someone referring to AMERICA as a bitch I would be more concerned with the loss of AMERICAN’S most valuable assets and that is the constitution and the bill of rights!

  4. Ford says:

    ….”What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Fine words from the past Darryl. Things have changed from those many years ago but I see your still stuck on stupid. A war was fought to free the slaves but that seems to have escaped your narrow vision of events past and present. That there was an Independence Day set in motion the eventual end of slavery. That you park your ass in this country and at the same time refer to it as “America you dirty old bitch” tells me you actually have no grasp of history however simple. You skip over the fact that it was fat cat blacks selling other blacks to slavers and that they were angry when slavery was abolished in this country. What do you make of that Darryl? Whites gave them alcohol or glass beads or some fucking thing that made them lose their heads? Well? What? What the fuck happened Darryl? When you refer to America as a dirty old bitch I think you are really directing that at me being white and all. Am I right? Hmmm? Thought so. As far as I know my family never held slaves. In fact my great,great grandfather fought through the Civil War reenlisting in the middle. My grandmother told me as a child “we fought to free the slaves”. I like that part. I don’t know why but it seems my very extended family has no problem mating with blacks as my world wide relatives range from blue eyed blond to black. How do I know this? Internet. They are there for me to see. So, Darryl, when you refer to me/my country as a dirty old bitch I think I just have to tell you go fuck yourself. Have a nice day.

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