Due to mounting examples of injustice…Philando Castile, Sam Dubose, Tamir Rice, Tyre King, Sandra Bland, Henry Green, John Crawford & many more… people in Ohio and throughout the nation are refusing to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. Besides the present day terrorism facing Black citizens within the United States, historically speaking most Black people in America on July 4, 1776 were property and enslaved! African-Americans were so-called set “free” in 1863 and didn’t even get the right to vote until 1963!

Some citizens in Columbus have renamed their city’s fireworks celebration as “Red, White, and Doom” instead of the traditional “Red, White, and Boom. Others are taking things a step further and calling for Black people, concerned citizens and organizations to redirect their money with economic action. There’s also a campaign to vote out local politicians in the upcoming November 2017 election.

For more information, go to: boycottcolumbus.com

15 EXAMPLES OF EXTREME INJUSTICE IN COLUMBUS (2016-2017)

  1. Police killing of 23 yr-old Henry Green by Officer Rosen & Bare
  2. Police killing of 13 yr-old Tyre King by Officer Mason
  3. Death of 36 yr-old Jaron Thomas (father of 3) after calling 911 for help
  4. No indictment /no consequences for Officer Zachary Rosen
  5. No indictment / no consequences for Officer Jason Bare
  6. No indictment / no consequences for Officer Bryan Mason
  7. Deletion of 100,000 (yes 100,000) dash-cam & cruiser videos
  8. Lack of charges for white man who knocked out Ms. Rahma Warsame’s teeth
  9. Officer Rosen kicking a handcuffed man caught on videotape
  10. Mistreatment of Black citizens by the Columbus Police Department
  11. City Council approves 68 million dollar tax break for Easton developers
  12. Mayor Ginther expanding the ‘Jumpout Boys’ undercover policing program
  13. Reinstatement of a white police sergeant after being accused of threatening to kill two black officers
  14. 24 hour suspension for Officer Rosen recommended by Chief Jacobs
  15. Disrespect and arrest of the ‘Black Pride 4’

Frederick Douglass gave this speech in 1852 after being invited to speak at a Fourth of July event and this is what he said:

EXCERPT 1

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?” – Frederick Douglass

EXCERPT 2

“Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light 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?” – Frederick Douglass

EXCERPT 3

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.” – Frederick Douglass

EXCERPT 4

There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.” – Frederick Douglass

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