Comedian Chris Rock Tweets “Happy White Peoples Independence Day, the Slaves Weren’t Free”

Comedian Chris Rock tweets “happy white peoples independence day” and conservative Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy site takes offense. Um, Chris Rock could care less what Republicans think. Still, come on Chris, do we always have to drag race in every dogfight? Didn’t Fredrick Douglass make a similar statement decades ago?

frederick douglass Comedian Chris Rock Tweets Happy White Peoples Independence Day, the Slaves Werent Free

Comedian Chris Rock Tweets “Happy White Peoples Independence Day,” Frederick Douglass was Skeptical of Independence Day too.

Tweets about Frederick Douglass:

Excerpt of Frederick Douglass’ speech about July 4th:

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 sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, 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.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival….

Read the entire speech: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

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 Comedian Chris Rock Tweets Happy White Peoples Independence Day, the Slaves Werent Free
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.