On Sunday, black progressive lawmakers questioned the inclusiveness of freedom celebrated on Independence Day as the White House prepares for traditional celebrations.
When Biden’s White House prepared fireworks and hamburgers for the annual celebration of the founding of the United States, progressives expressed their views on what July 4th means from the perspective of African Americans.
“When they say July 4th is about freedom in the United States, remember this: the freedom they are referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land, and black people are still not free,” the Missouri Rep. Wrote on Twitter. Corey Bush.
On July 5, 1852, abolitionist Fredrick Douglass challenged the hypocrisy of the Declaration of Independence in a keynote speech commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
“For slaves, what is the fourth of July?” he asked. “For American slaves, what is your July 4th? I replied; this day reveals to him more serious injustice and cruelty than all other days of the year, and he has always been a victim.”
California Rep. Maxine Waters, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, responded to Douglas’ views on Sunday, saying on Twitter, “July 4… Therefore, the Declaration of Independence says that all people are created equal. What is equality? What men? Only whites? Isn’t this what they wrote when African Americans were enslaved in 1776? They didn’t think of us at the time, but we think of us now!”
This year, the United States designated June Day as a federal holiday, but for decades, many blacks have been celebrating their Freedom Day on June 19-this is to commemorate the emancipation of American slaves in the United States.
in a Scorching Column For the Grio, Touré, author and predecessor Microsoft National Broadcasting Corporation The host criticized July 4th, saying it was “not a black independence day.” He wrote that June Festival cast a “long-term shallowness on Independence Day, making it look like a hypocrite and a damn fool”.
“For whom?” Toure asked. “For black people, for our ancestors, this is not independence, so why do we celebrate July 4th?”
He also cited the Pulitzer Prize-winning article written by Nikole Hannah-Jones for the “1619 Project”, which pointed out that the colony was trying to free the British from the British, in part to protect the slavery system.
“The United States wants to protect its cash cow, and more importantly, it is the wealth brought by slavery that allowed the colony to pay for the war of independence,” Toure wrote. “The establishment of this country is intertwined with slavery. Why should we celebrate?”
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