July 04, 2002

What You Mean 'We' Motherflower?!

Keith Boykin reminds us of Frederick Douglass' speech regarding celebrating our nation's independence:


You may rejoice, I must mourn. 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. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, lowering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin! I can today take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!

Read the entire address here.

Posted by ronn at July 4, 2002 10:24 AM

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