America seems to have a holiday for everything, based upon the enslavement, torture and murder of others. This post will mostly be about the holiday that is celebrated today, but I will add other things in here as well, and I will be citing some sources so you can do research.
July 2, 1776 is when the United States of America gained its independence. Although, it is not celebrated until the 4th. Even though America gained its independence, the slaves didn’t. Our ancestors were not granted their freedom, specifically in Texas (where I live) and the Confederate South until June 19, 1865. That is almost 100 years later. So why do Black people celebrate July 4th and not June 19, or Juneteenth? Because mentally, we are still slaves.
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave an amazing speech, basically telling congress what pieces of shit they were, celebrating this holiday when our people weren’t free, even though Douglass was free at the time of this speech. Below is a piece of his speech that really stood out to me.
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.
This part stood out the most because he is basically telling these people about themselves and how heartless, shameful and vain they are. You can read the entire speech here. He was a very bold man in saying the last part of the piece above and I commend him for that. I just wish more people would see and understand.
Another thing that I see many people, especially Black people celebrate is Black History Month. I was always confused as to why we only got one month when we have so much history. It appalls me that we celebrate our history, our American history, during this one month and not everyday of the year. Also, why do we only celebrate our American history? Were we not alive before then? Does our history only go as far back as slavery? Not even that but did our people not do great things in Afrika? We learn about European history and how far they go back before slavery but when it comes to our people, our history starts in America.
I recently made a post on Instagram and got some ignorant ass comments from other Black people who want to sweep our history and what we have been through under the rug, That is why we still suffer today, from these coons who don’t want to learn about the past. How can we grow as a people and change our future if we don’t want to think about the past? How the hell does that work?
Moving on, Native Americans have always been deemed as the unruly, violent savages. There were plenty who were heroes, but why don’t we ever learn about them in school? Why as adults do we have to do our own research and teach our kids the truth outside of school?
I am just bothered that as Black people we celebrate these holidays but don’t take care of our people who are struggling. We would rather spend money on festivities of these wretched holidays than to spend money in our community to help better each other.
I still don’t see why we celebrate thanksgiving when it was built around the slaughter, rape, torture and enslavement of Native Americans. How about instead of celebrating these holidays, we boycott and spend our money in our community to help better it for our children since they are our future?
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