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THE FOURTH OF YOU LIED ABOUT FREEDOM
When is freedom coming to the oppressed?
Today, JULY 4, 2014…11 a CST/12p EST…Call/Chat/Listen ~ 347-637-3074
On July 5, 1852, the late Frederick Douglass delivered his profound speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” In his speech he profoundly exclaimed:" 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 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".
Douglass expressed how the 4th of July (YOU- LIE) lack any significance for the black population that remained in bondage.
With this said, is it ludicrous for Africans in America/ Blacks/Moors/Nubians, etc. to celebrate this national holiday?
Call in to share your thoughts and what are you doing on this day.
Oppression makes a wise man mad.~ Fredrick Douglas
Join in the lively discussions that always take place at THE LOTUS PLACE!
HOST ~THE LOTUS PLACE
CO ~HOST /PRODUCER~DR.RANDY SHORT
CREATIVE DIRECTOR ~QUEEN ZOLA
MUSIC ~SAKHELE SESHIBE
THE LOTUS PLACE
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