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    The 4th of July Mirage

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    "Let this be the teaching day to show what ideology you will play, teaching our children that they will never be "boss", when it's half of our race that is certainly lost."

    Today some will celebrate, the country we forgot to liberate. The land of the free, forgot to see me.

    The term liberation is "the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery or oppression", according to Webster's dictionary. Yet by 1776, the year we coin to this glorious day, some 20 million Africans had been captured, transitioning them from humanity to property. Only about 400,000 made it alive to the British controlled colonies, classifying the Middle Passage as one of the largest acts of genocide to one group of people in all of history. All of History!!!

    The home of the brave, has kept me their slave.

    In 1661, Virginia laws made all indentured servants "slaves for life". And this decree would continue with the formation of the United States Government. The ending of these atrocious acts would not be documented until some of the last individuals in bondage were freed in 1865 on a day we call Juneteenth. Sorry folks, this didn't happen on July 4th, 1776.

    My country ''tis of thee, where is your liberty?

    This pseudo-freedom was followed by Reconstruction, Black Codes, Jim Crow, lynching, the kkk, and most importantly, the chain gang, which became our revolving door back into slavery through the production of MASS INCARCERATION.

    Land where my fathers died, emergence of Black Panther Pride . . .

    Civil Rights, racial fights, Dr. King, let freedom ring. Malcolm X and Stokely too, Minister Farrakhan, could this be true?

    We had fighters on the frontline but in all actuality, none of them could liberate us from the now institutionalized fabric of Black Oppression. These individuals made great strides but the oppression would still rise.

    From every mountainside, slavery would reign. . .

    Black women loving food stamps more than their men. Public housing had us moving on down. Black exploitation made us their clown. Crack Cocaine, the real white hope, 21 years to life for selling dope???

    Now today we can't even take a knee and serve the way God called us to be. A repeat of history, putting brown babies in cages because you worried about Mexicans taking your wages?

    So today I won't camouflage, or serve my kids the 4th of July mirage.

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    Comments 2

    Luswata on Thursday, 05 July 2018 03:52

    Liberation in this case is a mere misplacement of words!!

    Liberation in this case is a mere misplacement of words!!
    Dearest Price on Thursday, 05 July 2018 19:08

    Liberation in this case is the destruction of systematic racism, that still flows through the veins of the United States Government. Until Black People own, control and manipulate infrastructure and systems we are powerless. Thank you for your input friend.

    Liberation in this case is the destruction of systematic racism, that still flows through the veins of the United States Government. Until Black People own, control and manipulate infrastructure and systems we are powerless. Thank you for your input friend.
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