…4th july of the us! holy guacamole!…

…as the atmosphere is shattered by the patriotic speeches and the barbecues and the fireworks…

Amy Goodman with her Democracy Now! revisits, with some detail, the celebration of the US Independence Day – pretensions and reality, “What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech.

…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 that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

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