Yours, Not Mine


“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 impedance; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-giving, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, more bombast, fraud , deception, important, 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.”


– Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852