A black digital magazine featured a video showing black people explaining why they refused to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The Root released â€œNo Country for Me,â€ a video in which black Philadelphians list the issues they have with Americaâ€™s founding and how that prevents them from celebrating the creation of the nation.
â€œIâ€™ve never identified with even being American, even though Iâ€™m born here,â€ Shani Akilah says at the videoâ€™s beginning. â€œAt the inception of this country, it was based off of oppression and murder and colonization and rape. And so we are rotten at our core.â€
Alyssa Bigbee claimed she wasnâ€™t even thinking about celebrating July 4. â€œI havenâ€™t even thought about celebrating FourthÂ of July, honestly,â€ Bigbee said. â€œItâ€™s not even in my mind.â€
One black woman from Philadelphia said that she didnâ€™t see how â€œfreedomâ€ lined up with the deaths of American Indians when British colonists first came to the country.
â€œAnd then I think about Native Americans and the subjugation of Native Americans and how meaning free for white Americans or British Americans or all of these people that were kicked out of England meant the death of all these Native people, â€ Rodeeia Carson Â said. â€œSo I canâ€™t see freedom in that.â€
Akilah suggested that it was a sign of resistance to ignore the holiday all together.
â€œTo me, itâ€™s resistance to not acknowledge the day at all. To continue to fight in this liberation movement for what freedom actually is,â€ she explained.
Michael Coard, a black writer, said that black Americans should not be celebrating the holiday at all, due to its ties to racism.
â€œThe Declaration of Independence asserts, â€˜We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.â€™ Despite that, slavery was legal in the 13 colonies, which means 20 percent of the population was held in brutal bondage without liberty or happiness or a real life,â€ he wrote.
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