Game On a Nation: Hip Hop Intellectual

Chris Rock got a lot of slack on twitter for raising the fact that the independence of the United States did not mean independence for African Americans. In fact Chris Rock is just echoing the words of Fredrick Douglass, when Mr. Douglass gave a speech on that day and stated the following:

"... I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery-the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;" I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just." - What to the Slave is the Fourth of July by Fredrick Douglass (July 5, 1852)

For those of you who do not understand the Atlantic Slave Trade and the impact that it had on the world, then I invite you to watch the following video that explains it in manageable way.


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