~~July 4, 2017~~
INDEPENDENCE AND DIFFERENT AMERICANS
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence.
The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.
We don’t have to go back to Frederick Douglass’ time or race.
Just look at the current reality in this nation.
African Americans, Muslims, Latinos, Asians and other minorities aren’t totally free and equal.
They aren’t really equal in the eyes of the countrymen.
It won’t be getting any better any time soon!
What is there to celebrate?
On June 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, marking the colonists’ independence from Great Britain
July 4th celebrations remind some Black Americans of America’s sordid racial past.
By Elizabeth Flock, Staff Writer
(July 5, 2012)
But some 75 years later, some black Americans weren’t ready to celebrate.
Abolitionist movement leader Frederick Douglass gave a scathing speech the day after Independence Day in 1852, saying:
“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.
You may rejoice, I must mourn. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”
Douglass reminded listeners that when the Declaration of Independence was signed, many blacks were still slaves. Even the British were more likely to offer freedom to blacks than the colonists.
Fast forward to 2012 and 2017, where many Black Americans still remember Douglass’ sentiments.
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