Frederick Douglas Address America

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“What Does America’s Fourth of July Mean to Me” The speech given by Mr. Frederick Douglas at the Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York gives 5 reasons why Mr. Douglas believes that the Fourth of July does not apply to him or any slaves. Mr. Douglas was an escaped slave who did not receive a formal education but was self-taught. During his time he was to slavery what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were to the Civil Rights movement. The voice of reason and hope, he was invited to speak before different audience where he expressed the true feelings of the slaves and called into question and convicted the beliefs of the slave owners.
Mr. Douglas believed that the Fourth of July did not apply to the slaves or himself because; 1) It is more important to the white people, but a mockery to the black people 2) It gives a conflicting feeling because slaves had no freedom. 3) The slave is acknowledged as a man by the government in only in the punishments given for their crimes 4) The wrongfulness of slavery is so strong that if any man be asked if it is wrong, he would say yes 5) The Fourth of July is hypocritical because it is a celebration of freedom, but there is still the evil and inequality of slavery
The lingering attitudes are still present today; we have a Declaration of Independence that is founded on principles of slavery that still does not apply to us. The U. S. Constitution while it has amendments that provide provisions for African-Americans as well as other minority is still not applied equally. For example how we are treated by the criminal justice system, police brutality, high mass incarceration rates and the length of our sentencing as well as the severity of punishment. The disparity in our access to equal and adequate resources for education, job training and healthcare are also proof that Mr. Douglas’s sentiment…...

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