Thursday, July 4, 2019

What to the Slave Is The Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852 - one of America's greatest orators gave a speech that explored the constitutional and values-based arguments against the Slave trade within the United States.

Given the day after Independence Day - Frederick Douglass suggested that positive statements about American values, such as liberty, citizenship, and freedom, were an offense to the enslaved people of the United States because of their lack of freedom, liberty, and citizenship.

Douglass compares the treatment of slaves to that of American colonists under British rule and urges them to help the slaves like they helped themselves when breaking free.

"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."
His speech was an example of the "paradox of the positive" because it highlights how something positive and meant to be positive can also exclude individuals.

It's definitely worth reading in its entirety right here.

As a family - we LOVE understanding, acknowledging and celebrating history.

And we're big on birthdays too...

So today - we wish "Happy Birthday" to America... and as we close our eyes to blow out candles on her cake - we make a wish that ALL Americans will begin to acknowledge the FULL history of our country - the good AND the bad... so that we can build, grow and one day become the great nation we are capable of!

Let's be the country we can be...

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