Monday, July 04, 2005

What am I celebrating?

Its the 4th of July, but what am I celebrating? On July 4, 1776, Independence Day, there was no reason for me to celebrate. I wasnt "independent" from England, I was a slave! Toiling in the fields, what could July 4th mean to me? I did not even get the day off, I had to bale that cotton, for no pay whatsoever. Imagine how it felt to hear "massa" celebrating his new nation, while my Black ass was not free at all. All the glorified words of "all men created equal", but not me! Not us! Talk about irony....talk about contradictions, look at me in 1776! I was the proof that all the flowery words were........just words.


Its the 4th of July, but what am I celebrating? On July 4, 1876, there was no reason for me to celebrate. 11 years out of slavery, but did freedom bring me a home? Or food? Or my lost family? After Juneteenth, the plan was for me to starve to death, I wasnt supposed to survive the first winter.....unless I agreed to psuedo-slavery, or sharecropping. I spent this day same as spent the previous 11 years, wondering how to find my sold-away family.....wondering how I was gonna eat tomorrow, wondering where I could be safe. "Independence" from England dont mean a damn thing to me....where are my kids? Talk about irony.....talk about contradictions, look at me in 1786! While "Americans" celebrated.....I........searched.

Its the 4th of July, but what am I celebrating? On July 4, 1976, there was no reason for me to celebrate. 111 years out of slavery, but the refrigerator is empty.......well, at least there is a roof over my head. I would celebrate that but.....I live in NYC, and I see gleaming skyscrapers all the time, so I know just having a roof aint shit! Im a 5%ter in 1976, and got a fraction of knowledge of self, so now I know why THEY celebrating.......but why dont I want to join them? Talk about contradictions, now they invite me to the party, but I have no interest in attending. Look at me in 1976! While "Americans" celebrated.......I.......studied my lessons......to a breakbeat.

Its the 4th of July, 2005, but what am I celebrating? "Independence" from Britain still dont mean a damn thing to me, plus, I have received lessons for the past 19 years, from varied sources, so I know what I am NOT celebrating! I AM NOT CELEBRATING THE EXPLOITATION OF OUR PEOPLE. I AM NOT CELEBRATING THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF WHITE SUPREMACY. I AM NOT CELEBRATING THE FLAG. I AM NOT CELEBRATING MY OWN ENSLAVEMENT, NO MATTER HOW MANY FIREWORKS YOU BLOW UP.

Its the 4th of July, but what am I celebrating?




PNF
BLACK ROOSTER SOCIETY
DONT STOP CANT STOP

1 Comments:

Blogger Sekhmet said...

Htp Born, ty for a very interesting post. I thought you might like to read what Frederick Douglass has to say http://douglassarchives.org/doug_a10.htm - 5th July 1852 - what to the slave is 4th July? ....Paragraphs 35, 46-47 very pertinent :) L&L

11:03 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

What HAS to be done, WILL be done