What to this black American is your 4th of July?
I answer, a day that reveals to me more than all other days of the year: the gross injustice and cruelty to which I am a constant victim. To me, 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 me mere bombast, fraud, deception, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States. Go where you may, search where you will roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.
Wallace "BoBo" Massey