We need to step-up in the struggle for Black liberty which seems to have a hideous historic emphasis today.
Society suffocates and may eventually die out if the real basis for its existence – history – isn’t known. Knowing our root makes us set the records straight thereby aiding to build a formidable country for the generations to come. On this note, brace yourself as we delve into some of the real truths of the American history which have dazzled us for a while now.
July 4, when mentioned, brings to mind the Declaration of Independence. Due to its celebration, we fail to seek the real events that led to such victory on that fateful day 164 years ago. A few scholars decided to delve into what had been hidden from us and the kind of truths which were unraveled turned out to be surprising.
The Declaration of Independence as most of us know says this and only this:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
A very important complaint that couldn’t make it into the Declaration but was included in a precursor document, the Virginia Constitution, which states that the British were “prompting our Negroes to rise in arms against us.”
Least did we think that July 4th was a fight for freedom from the colonial rule, rather it was a change of colonial masters at the top of the colonial pyramid from the hands of the England-based into the hands of those who lived in Virginia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina and the rest of all the 13 colonies. What an irony it is.
Truman turned death ears to Ho Chi Minh who needed colonial liberation from the French. The unwillingness of Truman to help the Vietnamese clearly tells the stands of America when it comes to the struggle against colonialism. The US record in Africa against colonialism is nothing to write home about.
Finally, I bring to your notice the third stanza of our National Anthem which carries a dirty secret. It goes like this:
“No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”
If we claim to be “free,” under the pretext of July 4th then does our freedom permit us to move past the evils of racism, materialism, and militarism that Martin Luther King challenged us to confront? Definitely not.
From the afore unraveled truths, it is so evident that the object of celebration is nothing more than a fairy tale for the young and foolish people who believe in Santa Claus and other mythical creatures. There is no independence in the US, and never will be. This country and this holiday was aimed at the oppression and plunder of those who can’t resist – Black slaves. Are we those slaves?
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