The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you, that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation (Babylon) whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin. *
Frederick Douglas 1817-1895 United States Writer, Orator, Political Activist
Historical Age: Age of Reason, 1650-1950; Astrological Age, Age of Pisces, 1 AD – 2000; Sun Sign, Aquarius.
*What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, Delivered By Frederick Douglas in Rochester NY on 5 July 1852