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Monday, July 03, 2006

Picture us coolin' out on the 4th of July..and if you heard we was celebrating that's a World-wide Lie!

Peace Fam,

Please take time out to remember your history, and live it out everyday. I know a lot of people celebrate it as a time to bond with family,and have some good food.
In that essence there is nothing wrong with that. Building family & friendship ties for stronger relationships is beautiful. However we must never forget....or get it twisted the sacrafice our ancestors gave. Stop, and leave the commericalization of the red white & blue at the door. What was the status of the African on that date in 1776? I think most of you already know. If we are to embrace this date of the 4th of July then lets celebrate true freedom fighters...people who truly lived their lives in the pursuit of liberty, peace, and justice for all...let us not forget Malcolm, Martin, Harriet, Fredrick Douglass, Sojouner, Paul, our personal immediate heroes or sheroes in our communities.. the list could go on, and on. And as we think about the past, don't forget to reflect on our current state of "freedom",and the new & old challenges we still face. As Harry put it so well for "the enemy is tenacious," and so must we be.


“What to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? ... To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, and 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 parades and solemnity, are to him, mere bombasts, deceptions, and pious and hypocrisy--a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.” - Frederick Douglas

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