Blacks and the 4th of Yu-Lie
It’s that time of the year again, time to bust out the bar-b-que grills, get the fish grease jumping, time to eat all day and watch the sky light up all night. That’s right; it’s the 4th of Yu-Lie yawl, Independence Day, but for whom? Hmmm… let’s closely examine this traditional patriotic celebration. The year was 1776 when the so called American forefathers urged complete separation from its mother country (Great Britain). Consequently, as history has it, the consistently inconsistent Thomas Jefferson submitted the Declaration of Independence to King George III. The declaration expressed how they as a people were being denied their civil rights, and that they were being enslaved from a far. That notion was very ironic, being that they had their feet on the necks of Blacks in America. Such hypocrisy!!!! Never-the-less, in Jefferson’s declaration he concluded that “We (he and others like him) hold these truths to be self-evident that all men (except Blacks) are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of property (slaves) …… I mean happiness. You see, the conditions the British placed on the Colonists were, in hind sight, minute compared to the conditions the Colonist placed on their slaves. But, in the Colonist view, oppression, restrictions, and taxation were worth waging war. As far as the war itself, George Washington and other generals were afraid of arming Blacks. They feared that they would use the arms against them. Therefore, the British acted first by enlisting Blacks to fight with the promise of freedom, land, and right to self-govern. It wasn’t until the Colonist took notice of the British scheme that they recruited about 5000 Blacks to fight for their cause. Once this occurred, even privileged whites took the opportunity of sending their slaves to fight in their place. Blacks, motivated by the promise of coming from under enslavement and oppression, gambled on fighting. Yes, Blacks fought but peep the trickery, Black on Black violence was perpetuated by the will to kill each other for European interest with the hope of appealing to their morality. The slaves were under the impression that at war’s end the Colonist would honor their word and reward them for fighting. This became a glorified wish; therefore many Blacks who fought for the Continental Army went back to life as usual….. Slavery.
They were duped, and only a small number of Blacks lived out the promise made by the British as several were shipped to Canada, England, Australia, and Sierra Leone. For the Africans who rebelled, they were handed over to Loyalist plantations or shipped to English slave property in the Caribbean. Sad to say, even though Blacks fought for their freedom (literally) in the American Revolution; it came with little notoriety, and almost a decade after the war ended, Blacks were even written into the Constitution as 3/5th of a human being, equal to a field animal. It wasn’t until December 6th, 1865 following the American Civil War that the slaves gained their independence…. Or did they? Maybe I should remind you that Blacks were still singing “We shall overcome” well into the 1960s, but whoever gained their freedom by singing? So during the 4th of Yu-Lie what are Blacks in America really celebrating? More so, how do they begin to celebrate a day in which their ancestors were slaves; who were lied to, fought, died, and harshly re-enslaved? How do they celebrate a day that does not even equate to their own independence? Maybe in the future I’ll find a justifiable reason, as for now, I relate more with the great ancestor Frederick Douglass when he stated [Excerpt]
“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 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”
Enough said….. Peace
Historian, Derrick Caples