154 years later, it’s still true.


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.” Frederick Douglass – July 4, 1852

I’ve never really celebrated the 4th anyway, since my birthday is the 7th, but until today, I’ve never had to work either. It’s not like I would be out doing the typical BBQ & fireworks shit, but at least I would be at home planning the bday ruckus instead of being at work when there’s absoulutely nothing going on. That’s when I remembered this quote. Google the full transcript, check it out at some point, and get BBQ sauce on your fingers for those of us who can’t.

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6 responses

  1. somady

    word up on post that piece from douglas’ speech! ITS SO Apropos.

    July 4, 2006 at 10:17 pm

  2. SHONQUAYSHAH

    Thank you… I like your blog spot. Funny and intelligent! **in my best Snagglepuss voice*** “Inspirational even!…exit, stage left!”

    July 5, 2006 at 6:45 am

  3. The Mistress

    Sweet! Look at you..a line-stepper but still able to reflect intelligently on our history.

    Plus you’re a fellow Cancer and that’s always good.

    July 5, 2006 at 4:13 pm

  4. xp

    most definitely whats up… thanks for the historical piece.

    July 5, 2006 at 7:19 pm

  5. jameil1922

    niiiiiiiiiice. i worked my first july 4th, too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (tomorrow). i missed my fam. bbq for the first time since the summer i went to europe. 😦 that’s all i’m worried abt. we be grillin like a mofo!

    July 6, 2006 at 11:32 am

  6. Miss Ahmad

    happy birfday cancer man!

    great friggin’ speach by the way! every damn black person in america should be aquainted with it!

    My father quotes it all the time!

    July 6, 2006 at 12:18 pm

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