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‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’


‘What, to the American Slave, Is Your 4th of July?’

Amy Goodman

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham.”


Thank you Amy for reminding me that to be a good American I need to look in the mirror and reflect on all that there is and has been.


"What to the American slave is your Fourth of July? I answer, a day that reveals to him more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty and unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade in 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 this Earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than the people of these United States at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotism of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, 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 …"

Frederick Douglass, Independence Day address, 1852. Update by imagining he’s referring to newly created semi-slave field workers created by the Democratic Party Clinton and Obama administrations fast track of NAFTA and TPP.


You left out Bush and the right wing Republicans. What, are they the good guys in all of this?


Well, if you want to get into drone assassinations, forgiving torture, endless war, and putting pirate bankers in charge, yes, republicans are just as stinky as dems.