Should Black Americans Celebrate Independence Day?

MICHIGAN, July 4, 2012 – Each year, on the 4th of July, many Americans celebrate “Independence Day”. Independence Day. Independence Day dates back to the 18th century and American Revolution War.

In June 1776, representatives of the first 13 U.S. colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence.

Two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

Independence Day became a national holiday in 1941. Most Americans look forward to cookouts, fireworks, and gathering with family. However, to many Americans, Independence means little more than time off from work.

However, Black Americans are keenly aware that our ancestors were still slaves when the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Emancipation from slavery would not come for Blacks for another eighty-nine years. Hence, there is apathy towards the notion of celebrating “Independence” on a day that most Black Americans would agree did not apply to their ancestors.

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. It was an indictment of the fact Independence was not yet a reality for most Black Americans. Douglass boldly declared: “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked them, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”

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I am not an "African-American'. I am a proud American, who happens to be of African descent. I am Christian. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Word of God shapes my concepts of what it means to be a conservative. I am Pro Life. Devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government,and individual responsibility. I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman.
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4 Responses to Should Black Americans Celebrate Independence Day?

  1. Tim Bos says:

    In answer to your question, I answer with a resounding “YES”!

    While this country was late to overcome some of mankind’s greed and shameful practice of slavery, it did finally achieve that most necessary goal. And as a result, all Americans, regardless of their color or race, have the opportunity to live in a country world-renowned for it’s willingness to invest it’s blood and treasure in defense of human rights anywhere in the world.

    In America, Black men and women are given the slate to establish their legacy with achievements of greatness, or an abundance of love for his family and friends, or any number of variations on what a person could possibly want to pursue. They can be anything or anyone they decide to be, regardless of their starting point or the period in their lives that they decide to pursue their current flavor of happiness.

    The freedom to be the Captain of your own destiny is not unique to America, but the tools and circumstances allowing you to achieve your potential are unrivaled. And because of this, unlike anywhere else in the world, the reason for your station in life is vividly portrayed before you when you take a long, hard look into that mirror on the wall. If you don’t like what you see, you’re not stuck with it in America- regardless of the color of your skin, the age of your bones, or the lack of money in your pockets.

    All toddlers continually fall down while learning to walk. And all toddlers continually get back up, and try it over and over until walking becomes second nature. And then they learn to run. If all adults kept that exact same mentality and “refuse to lose” approach, the sky is the limit, and the standard of living would rise exponentially for everyone.

    In America, all you need is the willingness to work for what you desire, the determination to keep your eye on the prize in the face of extreme difficulty, and the realization that the only Americans who never fail are the ones who never attempt anything of value.

    America would be far worse off without people of color, and to nobody’s surprise, people of color would be far worse off without America- in my opinion.

  2. Duncan Regen says:

    To be perfectly honest, I have never even considered the possibilty of Black Americans not celebrating the fourth. While I agree that the history of black Americans is not a shinning moment for our country. It is prayer that they would celebrate the fourth, just like all Americans.

  3. arlenearmy says:

    Here is url of nasty comments that have been said about Juneteenth 2012. http://www.wlbt.com/story/18805434/juneteenth-festival-at-battlefield-park

    These are the typical trash talks done by white people that goes on every year & it seems as though nobody even cares when black people’s feelings get hurt when their independence day (Juneteenth) is trashed like what you see in the above url. Most whites I talk to act like they dont even know what Juneteenth day is. And even if they really don’t know what Juneteenth is or what it represents, then that tells me that they are thoughtless & insensitive – because we all know that since the declaration of independence was 1776 then would a thinking minded person wonder what were blacks doing when they weren’t TECHNICALLY “emancipated proclamated” until 1863?

    But you never hear blacks bash July 4th. We just go along to get along, do the bar-b-que thingy every year & life goes on. But when white people get upset & knew jerky over what Chris Rock said (which was true), that tells me that they (most) still have not learned to be tolerate of other cultures other than their own. The amount of times I’ve listened to C&W music at July 4th events is what I’ve tolerated for years & not because I like it.

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