Touré, an author and former MSNBC host, has written a searing op-ed criticizing the Fourth of July because it “wasn’t Independence Day for Black people.”

He wrote that the country’s newly designated holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of African American slaves, casts a “long shadow over Independence Day, making it look like a hypocrite and a damn fool.”

“Independence for who?” Touré wrote of the Fourth of July in an op-ed for theGrio. “It wasn’t independence for Black people, for our ancestors, so why would we celebrate the Fourth of July?”

The writer said his criticism of the day wasn’t merely because Americans owned slaves when the nation became independent from Britain, but because slavery “was completely wrapped up in the movement to become independent.”

He cited Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning essay for the “1619 Project” which noted that one of the main reasons the colonies sought independence was to protect the institution of slavery.

He also noted that Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independence had included a section condemning slavery, despite being a slaveowner himself. That section was rejected by Congress, he added, and a Constitution that “protected slavery without mentioning it” was passed.

“This reminds me of today, a time when white supremacy shapes American life so deeply that white people are fighting against the teaching of Critical Race Theory because nowadays, as it was back in the early days of America, this country is both engaged in racism and in working hard to pretend it’s not,” Touré wrote.

“America has never been the land of liberty and justice for all; those words have never meant anything to Black people, but we have fought to make America more American—more free and more just.

“We are critical to America moving closer to living up to its promise. We are critical to America. But it’s still f**k Fourth of July for me.”

He also wondered what his enslaved ancestors thought on the first Independence Day “as they watched people celebrate independence as they, kidnapped people who had been trafficked across the sea and were being tortured so others could grow wealthy? What did they think of this spectacle?”

He quoted Frederick Douglass’ speech “What To The Slave is the Fourth Of July?” which said the day reveals “more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”

Touré said that today, the killings of Black men and women like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery “remain hyperpresent in the Black mind.”

“We still see shocking and sometimes bloody things happening to Black bodies because of the people of America,” he added. “So miss me with your Fourth of July celebration this year and every year. The only independence day I recognize is Juneteenth.”

12 thoughts on “Ex-MSNBC Host: ‘July 4th Wasn’t Independence Day For Black People’”
  1. Fuck you more need to die the idiot who wrote this America is the greatest country and if you don’t think so you need to die civil war all you marxist will be gone

  2. It is time to get rid of all this black scum. I am ready for the next civil war and the end of black scum in this country.

  3. Juneteenth commerates the day the slaves
    In Galveston learned of their emancipation not the actual day they were emancipated.

  4. Does anyone remember Idi Amin and his reign of terror in Africa? The slaughter of thousands of his own BLACK people? How about Rwanda when dark skinned blacks viciously murdered thousands of their own communities simply because they were a lighter shade of black? Then there’s the diamond trade in which people, even young children were slaves forced to hard labor mining for diamonds. So many killed simply to make some other black man rich. Since America and Americans are so hated by black folk who never experienced that kind of violence maybe y’all would prefer to be returned there? I’m sorry. I’m just very tired of hearing how much blacks hate us. Their own people were the ones who sold them into the slave trade. But they’d have experienced much worse if they’d been left in Africa. This country gave y’all refuge from the nightmares of your homeland. Please forgive us for believing that you are better off. None of you are slaves. None of us have ever owned slaves. Many whites have supported you and fought on your side. We are sorry for the history between us.
    But WE DIDN’T DO IT! And we have tried to make it better. Look at the history of your homeland and compare it to your life in America. And then please forgive us already!

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