Why I don’t celebrate the 4th of July

It’s crazy how moving across the world can totally open your third eye. I basically removed myself from what became normal to me and placed myself in a new environment which totally shifted my perspectives and insights on being a Black American woman in the 21st century. For years, I was programmed to believe that the White American curriculum in the racially segregated school systems I attended were correct and observed whites attempt to subject their systematic beliefs into everything black by finding problems or excuses to “fix us.”

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For years, there have been issues with trying to control the masses by setting up prison systems, poor education standards and expectations for black children and unfair law enforcement tactics which are strategically put in place by white government officials and lawmakers designed to eliminate and diminish the power within the black race.

We are too smart for that.

Black people have been awake far too long already and are being much more vigilant on what the fuck is really going on in this country. We still have a long way to go.

#wakeup #blacklivesmatter

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The fourth of July just passed. Wow…independence day would be another word to acknowledge this date. Independence for whom? Not black people. Matter of fact, up until June 19th 1865, our people were enslaved. Juneteenth  is what you should be celebrating in hopes that it will get better, not worse.

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If we continuously subject ourselves to White American standards and don’t set a precedence for our children, we will continuously maintain the same level of systematic mental and societal enslavement that was previously enforced on us.

By the way, let’s not forget all the activists who came before us like Frederick Douglass who fought for equality. From his famous speech that he was asked to give, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”

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Make sure to pour libations for their souls and meditate on their historical influence.

I am so proud of Jessie Williams and his speech that he gave at the 2016 BET awards.  It was so dynamic on so many fronts because it awakened a spirit of  the overdue action needed to eradicate the systematic cycles of racism and acknowledged the consistent injustices that are in Amerikkka.

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Being black American in Africa really changed my trajectory of thinking. I can totally see things from another perspective, allowing me to appreciate where I’ve came from, where I am and where I’m going.  I am not saying that I agree with nor support the principles of this American society but I can say that I recognize and acknowledge the past and present black folk who have taken a stand against the oppressors of our communities that continually desensitize the struggle. For that, I will shuffle myself into formation and … celebrate activism, empowerment and Black Power! My mind has completely shifted my perspectives on the truth behind the 4th of July…

Until next time…live, love and laugh.

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5 thoughts on “Why I don’t celebrate the 4th of July

  1. Shahidah says:

    If we continuously subject ourselves to White American standards and don’t set a precedence for our children, we will continuously maintain the same level of systematic mental and societal enslavement that was previously enforced on us.

    And that spoke to my soul!!!!

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    • Ms. Black Expat says:

      Thank you so much for reading this. I totally feel that if we don’t demand more for our lives, communities and overall well being, enslavement will ensue. I appreciate your support! I will be over on your blog in a few to check you out!

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  2. Teri says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I was just telling a friend of mine the same thing the other day. My husband often jokes with me about the dramatic changes I have undergone since living abroad because I have become a pro-black, pan-Africanist of sorts. Living in Africa literally changed my life and perspective on so many things. I don’t know why but I really woke up after having spent a year long stint in W. Africa.

    Since living in the UAE and watching the American media from afar my vision is getting brighter by the day. I used to think that the American system was the only way to go. I thought we had it right because everyone else in the world seemed to be starving or living in degradation.

    I never stopped to think about how deprived, disenfranchised, and debased our people are in America. I guess it’s because I had gotten so used to the maltreatment that it became the norm to me. And I also didn’t realize how much we had been lied to by the American media and educational system.

    But, now that I have had the chance to step away from American society, I am appalled that so many of us are still in the dark. Honestly, we still aren’t free. Though our physical chains may have come off on Juneteenth, we are very much so socioeconomically and physiologically tied to massa. We can’t truly celebrate until all our brothers and sisters are awake and loosed from these chains.

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