This topic came up during my visit to the ‘Good Brotha Talk’ show on CMPRadio.net. The general conclusion didn’t discourage going out and having a burger, watching the fireworks, or listening to Pitbull on the Parkway. However, do so with some understanding of what the holiday is all about, particularly when you consider the independent status of African Americans in these United States.
I always see 4th of July as the Christmas of summer. In both cases many people celebrate regardless of the true meaning of the holiday. These holidays are a wonderful time for everyone to stop what their doing for a brief moment, take a breath, reflect, before getting back on the treadmill of live.
Frederick Douglass had a lot to say about the 4th of July. His speech explores the constitutional and values-based arguments against the Slave trade within the United States and suggests that positive statements about American values, such as liberty, citizenship, and freedom, was an offense to the enslaved people of the United States because of their lack of freedom, liberty, and citizenship.
Kayne West was famously quoted as saying…”When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
And everyone’s favorite Black person in D.C., Dr. Ben Carson wants to remind us that…”There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships…”