July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed and sent to England….
The signers of the Declaration declared that “All men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Only thing is they meant for white people not black people or anyone else.
Because Slaves were not even “freed” until almost a hundred years later.
That means almost 100 4th of July celebrations celebrating independence and that “all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”where going on while at the same time those people owned,murdered,and/or raped other human beings.
On July 5, 1852 fugitive slave Frederick Douglas gave a speech entitled “What to the slave is the fourth of July? Here are some statements from his speech
"This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice must mourn. 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 cruelly 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 denunciations 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, 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 these United States, at this very hour"
In his speech, he refers to Independence Day as “the birthday of your National Independence and your political freedom.”
He made it clear how much he hated the treatment of slaves as well as the hypocrisy and irony that was obvious on this day
What is the 4th of July to a conscious African American today????