Canonized & Otherwise

exerpt from The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Fredrick DouglassWhat, 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 cruelly 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…

exerpt from The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Fredrick Douglass

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 cruelly 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…

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