Whose Independence Day?


I received a comment from a fellow named Roger who wanted to chastise me on this Independence Day.  I told him that my forefathers weren’t set free on this day.  He then says – my forefathers weren’t set free on this day   black entitlement “exactly my point”.

I just have to ask, were my forefathers set free on the 4th of July, 1776?  My forefathers are African American and one set are Native American.  I don’t recall as my forefathers one of which sat in slave quarters after being stolen from his homeland and forced to work for free building a nation that decided they needed  freedom but not for the blacks they held captive.

And the other sat on a reservation after being kicked off his god given land.  And the last time I was in history class I didn’t see any Native Americans celebrating Americas freedom from Britain.  In fact I didn’t see any blacks celebrating either.  Not unless you think that serving massa a glass of cold ice tea and picking cotton in the fields for free was a celebration.

This is a prime example of white privilege at it best or worst depending on how you see it.  This Roger feels that just because I am American I have to be in awe of the same holidays as everyone else whether or not it was intended for me or not.  I guess to him I have to celebrate HIS forefathers’ freedom. While he and people like him don’t know the date of and could care less when and if my forefathers’ became free.

He wants to claim that this is somehow black entitlement to say that my forefathers’ were not freed on this day in history.   This statement is extremely idiotic at best.  How is stating a FACT feeling entitled?  Maybe the one who feels entitled is Roger.  Isn’t he feeling entitled to expect that I celebrate a holiday that doesn’t have one iota of anything to do with me or mine?  Isn’t it entitlement that makes him believe that I don’t have any choice BUT to allow him and other white people dictate to me what holiday I will and won’t acknowledge?

No Roger MY forefathers’ Both African American nor the Native American were free to neither life, liberty nor the pursuit of happiness.  But now I am supposed to run around like this holiday was inclusive for ALL Americans.  You can talk of the progress or whatever, that does not negate the fact that this holiday is a commemoration of a day that WHITE people in this country were freed.  Everyone else could only dream.  I guess you can forget that but I can’t; and simply put I WON’T.



Filed under African American, American society, Black community, Propaganda, Racism

6 responses to “Whose Independence Day?

  1. I think it’s wonderfully appropriate, Black Sentinel, that you’ve chosen the iconic photograph of desegregation turmoil in Boston to illustrate your comments about the meaning of Independence Day.

    The city of Boston, where I’m from, displayed a truly ugly side during desegregation, one which revealed just how much the traditional story of the North as anti-slavery and progressive on race had been a myth.

    However, recently, Boston has been the scene of public readings of Frederick Douglass’ brilliant 1852 speech, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.”

    This forward-thinking speech, as you may know, managed to capture beautifully his outrage at the contrast between the ideals of the American Revolution and slavery, while still acknowledging the lofty dreams of the Founders and holding out hope that our nation could continue to come ever closer to its goals of freedom and equality for all. I think it was, in that sense, the equivalent of Rev. Wright’s (in)famous sermon, in which he harshly criticized the U.S. for its shortcomings, while still praising the nation for its aspirations and for its ability to make progress, however fitful, towards true justice.

  2. Pingback: Independence Day | All Days Long

  3. Well said! Emphatic facts to counter the audacious ignorance running rampant in America. Might behoove naysayers to study first, then make informed comments, as opposed to writing based of opinion & emotion. Keep speaking truth to power fam!

  4. Umkhonto we Sizwe

    Right on!! About tired of these White folks shoving their history and beliefs down our mouths. Your article also ties into America’s obsession with the ideas of “freedom” and “democracy”. Who’s freedom and democracy are we talking about??? To be blunt, the majority loves to yell about their love for “freedom”, but why is it every time I turn around it is one of them (i.e. policeman, Republican politician, mortgage broker, etc.) trying to take away my freedom???

    p.s. why is it the most patriotic White people are always the most racist, xenophobic, and narrowed minded individuals? Its seems to me there is a definite connect between being an American and White supremacy.

  5. Sis, we are having the same arguments on our site. It is interesting how frivolous patriotism is, and it’s scary how dangerous White privilege (the privilege to be ignorant) is! I wonder would White folk celebrate Emancipation Proclamation Day (lol).

  6. Eddy

    GREAT text!
    O’bosso.. (= go ahead)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s