For centuries by now Blacks in America struggle for the freedom that was formally given to them.
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass in a speech he gave in Rochester, NY, asked, “What to a slave is the 4th of July?” By this, he called the attention of his fellow Whites to the fact that they are celebrating their freedom, and yet hold millions of people in shackles and chains.
Today, in the 21st century, we still ask ourselves the same question due to the evolution of slavery into institutionalized racism and mass incarceration.
Even though slavery has been officially cancelled it’s still alive and breathing in the different forms of racism created by White Supremacists.
Below there are some reasons why African-Americans are still not free:
• Statistics prove that about 2.3 million prisoners are Black, which is a clear confirmation of mass incarceration.
• There is high possibility of the Black man being arrested and brutalized. Cops harass Black men and manhandle Black women and still walk free.
• African-Americans tend to be sentenced to death or to serve more years in comparison to their White counterparts who commit similar offences.
• Black students suffer more punishments than their White classmates.
• Black men with clean records don’t stand a chance to be offered a job compared with White men, who committed a felony. We especially often see this in police departments, where the officers are employed right after they resign because of crimes, which are worth imprisonment.
As the Independence Day approaches, let us unite and fight for the freedom we deserve, the equality, safety and protection which we have been deprived of for so long.
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