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CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS OF OUR CAPTORS
Today is July 4th and people are celebrating the Independence of the United States, and that would also include descendants of Slaves. Ironically, just as Blacks were converted to worship the man-god, JC, the god of the Slavers, they are also encouraged to observe the celebrations such as the Independence Day of the very people who have wreaked havoc and misery in their lives. Some Blacks are doing very well financially in the US and in other Slave Nations, but the great majority aren’t. Nevertheless, should descendants of Slaves throughout the world celebrate the holidays that identify the countries, the governments, and the flags that will forever be renowned as ensigns of the most cruel, barbaric, and heinous nations in the annals of history?
The following articles are presented to spark interest and to question whether it is a wise decision to follow the holidays, customs, religions, and practices of the very people who enslaved our forebears, who rule this country unjustly, and who influence our lives to follow their ways in order that they are sustained the dominant and superior force in this country and throughout the world. Tziona Yisrael
What to Black People is the 4th of July?
Submitted by math2112 on June 30, 2006 - 3:36pm. Race & Resistance
What to Black People is the 4th of July?
Brother Salim Adofo
On July 5, 1852, in a meeting sponsored by the anti-lynching society, Frederick Douglass gave the speech "What to the slave is the 4th of July?" In his speech, he illustrated the terrible conditions that Black people face living in America. He showed the contradiction of white America celebrating freedom, but at the same time denying it to Black people.
During the time of Frederick Douglass, white America was enjoying the "good life," and Black people were working from can't see to can't see in order to make white people rich. Black people were victims of lynching, bad health care and lack of education.
White supremacist gangs would terrorize Black people and take their land. Black people were not allowed to engage in politics or own businesses, which would have helped Blacks gain control of their communities and become self sufficient. Also, according to the Supreme Court of the United States, in what became known as the Dred Scott Decision, Black people did not have any rights that a white person was bound to respect.
Now, over 150 years later, we must ask the question, "What to Black People is the 4th of July?" Do Black people have a reason to celebrate the freedom and independence of America?
In 2006, Blacks may no longer face "Jim Crow"; however, Blacks are confronted with "James Crow II." Overt acts of white supremacy have been replaced, in some cases, with INSTITUTIONAL WHITE SUPREMACY.
For example, Black people are disproportionately denied home loans which are essential to building wealth. Gentrification is a tool that is used to lower the property value in Black neighborhoods. The land is then purchased by white-owned corporations who raise the cost so that Blacks can no longer buy property or live in the area, because the price and or the taxes are too high.
In the area of politics, 150 years ago Black people were not allowed to vote. Today Blacks are allowed to vote; however, based on the last presidential election, the votes of Black women and men are not even counted. Many Black communities have been gerrymandered to reduce the voting power of the Black community.
In the arena of law enforcement, Blacks still have no rights that white people are bound to respect. An example of this can be seen in the case of Amadou Diallo. An unarmed, innocent Black man, shot at 41 times by four white cops who were found not guilty of any crime.
Law enforcement officials in the state of New Jersey have admitted to racial profiling, which is a violation of one’s civil and human rights. Police officers are caught on video beating Black men, in some cases to death, with sticks, flashlights and plungers.
Black people in America have no reason to celebrate the 4th of July. Black people are less than 20 percent of the U.S. population but over 40 percent of the prison population.
Black people still have yet to receive full and complete reparations for slavery and the vestiges of it. Blacks cannot even go into restaurants such as Denny's and Cracker Barrel and expect to get service.
Blacks are still people suffering political oppression, economic exploitation and social degradation because of the white supremacist polices of the United States government and its economic institutions. The only difference between then and now is Black people knew then who their enemy was.
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Should African-Americans Celebrate July 4th?
African-Americans were slaves during the signing of The Declaration of Independence. So, should people of African descent in this country celebrate the Fourth of July?
Posted by Janita Poe , February 06, 2012 at 10:12 AM
While many Americans, no matter their racial or ethnic background, see July 4th as a patriotic time of fireworks and barbecues, some in the African-American community do not believe in celebrating the holiday.
This is because the Fourth of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence—on July 4, 1776—and many people of African descent were slaves during that time.
On one Facebook page of The Black Report, a conversation has continued for more than a year on the question of black Americans celebrating the 4th.
"As long as you claim to be an american citizen, african or otherwise you should celebrate the nation's independence," a man named Eardley wrote. "Also not all black people in our country now are decendents of american slaves."
A woman named India had a different view. She said she does not celebrate July 4th or Thanksgiving because of the wars between Native Americans and Europeans which eventually resulted in the creation of the United State of America.
"...what does July 4th fourth mean to you?" she wrote. "It means nothing to me, I'll celebrate Juneteenth along with many other African Americans here and around the world."
The debate over this holiday doesn't end here. Popular WAOK-1380 AM Radio personality Derrick Boazman discussed the topic and read passages from Frederick Douglass' "What, to the American Slave, is Your 4th of July?" (See www.juneteenth.us to read the entire speech and learn more about The National Juneteenth Network).
So, once again, we have another July 4th. Should African-Americans celebrate this holiday? What do you think? Share your views today on Cascade Patch.