I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary!
July 4, 2016 | In History | By Jemar Tisby. Is that a question for Republicans?
To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding.
The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro Throughout this speech, as well as his life, Douglass advocated equal justice and rights, as well as citizenship, for blacks. For who is there so cold, that a nation's sympathy could not warm him? I can today take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people! That which is inhuman, cannot be divine!
Trade and commerce have opened up borders, and political ideas know no boundaries. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro By FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Douglass thus implies that future generations will probably consider his anti-slavery stance patriotic, just, and reasonable.Douglass praises and respects the signers of the Declaration of Independence, people who put the interests of a country above their own. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. — The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me.
No abuse, no outrage whether in taste, sport or avarice, can now hide itself from the all-pervading light. . He considers such a pro-slavery posture to be blasphemy because it gives cruelty a place in God's nature.Douglass condemns the profits made from the slave trade, and, once again, he compares the treatment of slaves to that of animals. But a change has now come over the affairs of mankind. He mentions that in Baltimore, slave traders transported slaves in chains to ships in the dead of night because anti-slavery activism had made the public aware of the cruelty of that trade. It is often studied in literature classes today. Long established customs of hurtful character could formerly fence themselves in, and do their evil work with social impunity. Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves In fact, slavery was banned in the British colonies in 1834 and in the French colonies in 1848; politicians in those countries could no longer claim to support the rights of man while allowing slavery.
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 denunciation 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.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.Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.......Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. Oceans no longer divide, but link nations together. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.
The iron shoe, and crippled foot of China must be seen in contrast with nature. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery Ñ the great sin and shame of America!
The arm of commerce has borne away the gates of the strong city. Frederick Douglass was a fiery orator and his speeches were often published in various abolitionist newspapers. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery.