|Daddy, why are you killing for The Man and his empire? - It's complicated, honey.|
|A People's History of the United States|
|Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) on Obama|
HOWARD ZINN: Frederick Douglass, once a slave, became a brilliant and powerful leader of the anti-slavery movement. In 1852, he was asked to speak in celebration of the Fourth of July.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS: [read by James Earl Jones] "Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, Why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?
|The great US citizen Frederick Douglass|
|History of American Empire|
"The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me.
"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. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?
"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..." More