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What to the Negro is the 4th of July? Why blacks shouldn’t celebrate the 4th of July

Frederick-Douglass“Great” Britain dispatched an estimate of 10,000 voyages to Afrika, importing more than 3.4 MILLION abducted people to the Americas.  The Americas- Jamaica, Barbados, Brazil, St Domingue and other Caribbean islands were considered the AMERICAS and are now most often ignored in “American history.” These islands were the 1st destination of Afrikans and with a process called “seasoning” they were taught how how to “be a slave” by the Dutch, Portuguese and then Europeans. These bodies stolen from West and West Central Afrika worked on sugar and tobacco plantations (cotton came centuries after) for 16-20 hours per day 6 days per week! “Seasoned” enslaved people were then brought to the new land and built what is now known as North America (the 1st in Virginia in 1619). Taxes from this Transatlantic Slave Trade provided Britain’s government with 70% of its total income. Between 1750 and 1780 Britain used this income to establish banks, build mansions and fund new industries. Slowly Britain began to legally dismantle slavery in the Americas due to the numerous slave revolts, marronage, and mulatto children petitioning for citizenship on the islands, not because they felt morally bad for their wrongdoings (kidnapping, murder, rape, sodemy, plagiarism, theif, etc).

The 13 colonies began fighting to be freed from British colony is because of high taxes on rum (rum was used to be traded for kidnapped Afrikans). They wanted 100% of the profit and wanted 100% control over their enslaved based economy. This began the American Revolutionary War.  On July 4th 1776 congress formally declared independence from Britain even though the war did not formally end until 1783. In 1870 it was formally declared as a national holiday. So white America was free from British rule, NOT Afrikans and their descendants. Slavery was still LEGAL during this new found “independence” and WAS NOT legally abolished until 1863.

In 1776 enslaved people were saying our lives matter also, give us freedom! In the mid 1900s Afrikan descendants were saying our lives matter give us “Civil Rights” and in 2016 WE are saying our #blacklivesmatter and #handsupdontshoot. So tell me, What to the Negro is the 4th of July?

In 1852 Frederick Douglas addressed this in his speech, What to the Negro is the 4th of July?

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 sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, 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 the United States, at this very hour. 

So you stolen Afrikans. Just think twice about what you celebrate,  and when, where and why you spend your money on “national holidays”.

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Mother. Healer. Spiritual Life Coach. Alchemist. Educator. Sojourner. Crystal Lover. Owner of Ascension Crystals. Doula in training. Neuroscience grad. African and African American studies grad. Future Midwife... The list goes "on and on, on and on, (cause) my cypher keeps moving like a rolling stone."

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