Surprisingly the 4th of July means different things to different people. Collectively, as Americans, it’s a celebration of an ideal, that has yet to be truly realized, the world dreams of…FREEDOM.
Here is just a sample of how people view America on the 4th of July:
Fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, hot dogs, burgers, political speeches, beaches, nationalistic pride. True Americana at it’s best but given our nation’s current degradation the following words mean that we STILL need to get a lot more done,
“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.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.”
― Frederick Douglass
Since Douglass time we made great strides in the battle for equality. The charge for freedom and equality remains and we must accept our failures if we are to achieve our founding father’s vision… I think one day we will, after all, we are AMERICANS.
“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”—Neil Armstrong