Written by on July 11, 2019

Story by Chuck Tackett


It is on the eve of July 4th that I am writing this article. Since the 1990s, I stopped celebrating our country’s Independence Day. Don’t get it twisted. I am not a Jehovah Witness who doesn’t celebrate holidays and birthdays. It is usually the tradition that people celebrate holidays without any critical thinking of the origin of those holidays. If one asks you why you don’t celebrate a certain holiday, usually when you answer them, they think you are being silly. As a Black Gay man, I really needed to do some critical thinking of the continuous history of this country that refuses to treat marginalized people as less than up to this present day. The Conservative MAGA European descendants of the slave owners, Native American murderers only worship their unholy trinity of greed, racism, and bigotry. They have no interest in unity, love, equality, etc… no matter how Progressive people sing, speak, and implore them to do the right thing.

Abolitionist Fredrick Douglass stated it best on his famous Independence Day Oration of the hypocrisy of freedom concerning this country. The title of his Oration was ” What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” The most memorable passage from that speech goes:

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of national justice, embodied in the Declaration of Independence extended to us? and, am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering, to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included with the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance. The blessings in which you this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence, bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you not me. The sunlight that bought light and healing to you, has bought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.

“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 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 parades and solemnity, are to Him, more 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 this earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.”

Let’s fast forward to 2019. Fredrick Douglass could be writing this same letter to Trump and his entire party of monstrous, lecherous, despicable MAGA Republican ass-kissing zombie enablers. They have shown their hatred for People of color, and other marginalized groups they think they are inferior and unworthy. They practice the unholy trinity of greed, racism, and bigotry of their ancestors. Yet, they try to flip the script and play mental hopscotch with us that they are the victims of injustice. They have no intention of wanting unity. They love trying to frustrate us to inaction. Do not play into their hands of not voting, being inactive and not speaking out on their crap. The games they play, but in the words of Malcolm X, “the chickens will come home to roost.”

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