Are Colored Peoples of the Americas to celebrate the USA’s Day of Christopher Columbus (1446?-1506)–a man of Christian faith–a colossal liar—the one that sailed in the wrong direction and “Discovered America” where 18 million Brown and Black People were settled and for eons–who himself documented that Native Americans had confirmed “black-skinned” people—who paved the way for killing, some say, 150 million Colored Peoples—and being thus rewarded with titles, estates, and Slaves for their conquest, plunder, and self-aggrandizement? What about the 4th of July—the USA’s primary national Independence day celebrating adoption of the Declaration of Independence?
To paraphrase Frederick Douglass’s 1852 comments on this, he said: “What have I, or those [Black People] I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice embodied in the Declaration of Independence, extended to us? The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. What, to the American Slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a 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 denunciation 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 that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour forth a stream, a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and the crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.” What about "The Star Spangled Banner"—written by the rich slaveholding attorney, Francis Scott Key. He believed Blacks to be "a distinct and inferior race”.
Conveniently today, the 3rd stanza is left out when it is sung wherever: “And where is that band who so vauntingly swore//That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion// A home and a Country should leave us no more?//Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave [meaning Key was taking great satisfaction in the death of ex-Slaves in a regiment called the Colonial Marines]//And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” This glorifies USA’s “triumph” over Black Freedom Fighters and turns “justice Inside-Out” by deeming their “Killer” police to be courageous freedom fighters. Nothing has changed!!! I applaud San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His reason: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of Color. … There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” He is now at a great deal of personal risk. This is the kind of Courage needed by Black People presently content to wallow in the status quo. Courage is the supreme virtue because it is required for any other virtue to manifest and persist. Our countless great Black Ancestors call on their descendants to stand together in Courage to do the necessary and "Right" things. jabaileymd.com