On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a Fourth of July speech called “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” After extolling the virtues of the nation and the Founding Fathers, he explains that the celebration of white Americans on their independence was still a day of mourning for slaves and former slaves. He eloquently described how the Declaration of Independence promised liberty for all, but hadn’t quite delivered it for a certain segment of the population.
In 2016, the speech is just as powerful as it was back then. But since the President of the United States is now a black man, and the promises of legal equality have been largely met, I thought it would be interesting to edit Douglass’s speech to relate to the unborn. Read this powerful rebuke, edited for our times. [Read more…]