“What to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” by Frederick Douglass

On July 5, 1852, abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to speak in commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence

“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 sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, how 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.”

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One Comment on ““What to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” by Frederick Douglass

  1. Sadly the Democrats have kept blacks in slavery with their dependency programs.

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