Friday, July 3, 2009

A Thought For Independence Day

"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, 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."

~ Frederick Douglass, 5 July 1852 ~

"I ask adopt the principles proclaimed by yourselves, by your revolutionary fathers, and by the old bell in Independence Hall."
~ Frederick Douglass ~
at the Southern Loyalists' Convention ~ Philadelphia, 1866

"Whatever else I may forget, I shall never forget
the difference between those who fought for liberty
and those who fought for slavery."

~ Frederick Douglass, 1883 ~

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