“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – The Great Frederick Douglass
During the mid-century of the 1700s, the British colonist in what would become the USA, some who left Britain, and some who had been born in the thirteen colonies decided that the propaganda of the rich was reasonable enough to fight for. What most don’t understand is that that particular piece of propaganda that white male land and slave owners, most of which were high Masons, was the Declaration of Independence. What many love to refer to as a Revolution, was more of a successful secession of the US thirteen colonies from Britain. Those who had lost their home land such as the Native Americans, did not overturn the rule of the British invaders. The kidnapped and enslaved peoples from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Mozambique, Madagascar, Liberia and various areas of West and Central Africa would only see a more dehumanizing from of slavery. The women of the United States would still be considered as property of their men. The declaration of separation stemmed from the land owners, for all intents and purposes, the wealthy of the colonies at that time, feeling that they were being unfairly taxed. The original propaganda pushed by the likes of the Boston politician James Otis and Thomas Jefferson during his legendary guerilla imposition against the British Tea Act, now known as the Boston Tea Party. It would be the rapist slave owner Jefferson who would have the greatest contribution of purposeful influence through his literary ability in the penning of the “Declaration of Independence”.
Upon accepting the revised draft at the Second Continental Congress, the date of 4 July 1776, would become a date in which the land owners forced down the throats of the now embattled American Colonist, many of which were poor white males who where under contracts of servitude with the very writers of such lofty words as “All men are created equal”. Black men such as Crispus Attucks, a runaway slave, would die for no more than a chance to have his name mentioned once in the shortest month of the year. Yet, the celebration of this signing and accepting of rich men separating from other rich men in order to fleece the poor themselves continues to this day. As many go out and reenact the horrible conditions of war with fireworks and gun fire, please reflect on the purpose of this day. Not one woman signed the Declaration of Independence; it would have been laughable for women to have entered those chambers for any purpose other labor or even possibly sexual activity. Not one black person signed the Declaration of Independence, once again, a laughable proposition in light of the caste-like form of society at that time. The celebration of the Fourth of July is a celebration of Rich White Land Owners and their ability to persuade with fanciful words of liberty and brotherhood of man.
It is very telling that the same sociopath that wrote the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” would later write only some 9 years later, “I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in endowments both of body and mind.” This is a prime indictment against Blacks that would further the specious and purely ignorant discussion of the inferiority of the black race, and would be one of the ideas that allowed the US Constitution to be further tainted with the referring of Blacks as 3/5’s of a person in the second amendment. This is the man that penned the works that many of us are celebrating today.
I don’t have a problem with firecrackers; I enjoy firing them off myself. Yet, I do take issue with the reenactment of wars in the name of propaganda and nationalism, when the nation in discussion has always been just another form of protection and privilege for the elite. I will buy my firecrackers after the celebration of rape, torture, murder, hostage taking, land robbing, bombing of innocent children, and the like. I will discuss with the young that when they shoot the bottle rockets at one another, like I did growing up, what they are doing is reenacting the wars fought by the poor and oppressed for rich oppressors. I remind the brothers in the Nation of Islam, that although a white Arab passed on a great teaching to a poor Black man on the fourth of July, the Nation within a Nation has yet to be separated, thus independence as a political and social term has yet to be won. And if one Black is oppressed all blacks are oppressed.
Celebration is good; carnival is relaxing and allows our spirits to enjoy the nature of ourselves when unconstrained. War is vicious and ugly. The US is vicious and ugly. I leave you with those thoughts.