The Meaning of July Fourth
for the Negro -
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On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester's Corinthian Hall. It was biting oratory, in which the speaker told his audience, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."
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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 sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, 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 the United States, at this very hour.
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Caribbean-Americans Seek Separate U.S. Census Count
In less than 300 days, the United States will take its 2010 census and the Caribbean-American community is looking to have a separate count to prove their numbers to advertisers, politicians and others. Currently, most Caribbean-Americans are counted as African-Americans and even with the separate count will probably still be counted as African-Americans, but the Census could then create a sub tally of those of Caribbean descent.
It is too late for the Census Bureau to adjust the Census form. However, one group, CaribID is urging Caribbean-Americans to not just fill out the Census form but to write in their country of origin under question 8 while ticking “No Not Hispanic.” (However, some Caribbean-Americans do also identify as being Hispanic)
Click here to see the video the group created