What, to the undocumented immigrant, is the 4th of July?

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

(Graphic used is from artist Melanie Cervantes)

July 4th will be upon us in a few days and people will no doubt be gearing up to have a cook out, bring their families to a parade or watch the fireworks.

As the US gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, with all of its patriotic fervor, we have to come to terms with this country’s history, particularly for communities that have rarely ever been treated as equals.

For me, one of the best critiques that centers around the 4th of July, is a speech that was given by the abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1852, entitled, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? 

In that speech, Douglass examines and exposes the hypocrisy of American independence, specifically through an abolitionist lens. Douglass identifies crimes and names names in his scathing critique of how the US brutalized black people, while at…

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