Happy Independence Day! …

Happy Independence Day! For all my frustration with the current state of American politics, I am awfully glad to be living in this country, with all its freedoms, and not in any one of a vast number of other countries.

Also worth remembering how far we've come, as we consider how much further we may yet, must yet, go:

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 sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, 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.

-- "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro", Frederick Douglass, July 5th, 1852

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