James Earl Jones reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852). –DemocracyNow: July 5, 2004. It is a dramatic reading from excerpts of Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States”.
What to an American Slave is the Fourth of July?
Frederick Douglass told a crowd gathered in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852 that to slaves the white man’s celebration of the Fourth of July is a “sham.” And today, the gross injustice and cruelty he was talking about are still existent.
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham.”
If Islamic State Had Burned Down Four Churches, It Would Have Been Headline News
Arson directed at African-American churches is on the rise in recent weeks with seven burnt to the ground. But the question remains: Is terrorism “raced” in the U.S.?