Journalist and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King rallied against the 4th of July and against America in a disturbing twitter rant. He tweeted a quote from Frederick Douglas, calling him a ‘prophet.’ “Frederick Douglass was a prophet. Every single word of this is as true today as it was over 150 years ago. Read it all. The 4th of July was always been a sham. Always,” he tweeted.
And here is the quote by Frederick Douglas. “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,” says Douglas.
“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 denunciations 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 these United States, at this very hour,” said Douglas.
He wasn’t done. He went on to attack the holiday for being ‘white.’ “Nothing is whiter than celebrating “freedom” while thousands of children of color have been forcefully separated from their parents and shipped like cargo all over the country to live with strangers,” wrote King.
“The United States not only has more people in prison than any country in the world, this nation currently imprisons more of its citizens than any country in the history of the world. More than South Africa at the height of Apartheid. The 4th of July was never meant for us,” he wrote.
Frederick Douglass was a prophet.
Every single word of this is as true today as it was over 150 years ago.
Read it all.
The 4th of July was always been a sham. Always. pic.twitter.com/eaU4tIj8RR
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 4, 2018