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.