Watch “Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech on liberty” on YouTube

Let’s Finish the American Revolution

I recommend this op-ed piece in the New York Times.

Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Read His Famous ‘Fourth Of July’ Speech

Descendants of Frederick Douglass read excerpts from one of his most famous speeches: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Douglass gave this speech to a group of abolitionists 168 years ago: Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Read His Famous ‘Fourth Of July’ Speech

 

Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-77

America After The Civil War: Reconstruction

I have never been interested in the Civil War — seemed to just be a big fustercluck to me. Now, the thought occurs to me that you cannot understand our current situation until you understand that the Civil War actually accomplished very little and that much of the work of the Civil War and for that matter, the Declaration of Independence, is STILL undone.

From this day forward, the 4th of July will be a day of mourning and reflection to me until that day when we begin to realize this basic tenet of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence, July 2, 1776

Let the work begin…

The short version

Perhaps when we begin to understand our history on a deeper level we can realize that the America we have celebrated is a fantasy — it never existed!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

America, Langston Hughes

Interested in this topic? Here’s some recommended reading.

I Am Not Your Negro

Why leaders need to give their team members recognition

As children we are taught to seek out confirmation that we have done well. A reward through a treat or a hug becomes the norm. As we grow through to adult life, this belief system continues and builds our need to be affirmed, validated and have our needs or feelings recognised by those around us. Yet, in today’s world, the need for recognition and validation is portrayed as a trait that needs to be overcome – even though it is something that forms the very core of who we are as humans. As we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, how can we take this innate need for recognition, and use it to support those around us through crisis and build a stronger, more resilient community when we come out the other end?

The propaganda of The Lost Cause

Understand why confederate monuments must be taken down!

Most monuments were erected after 1890 to promote the idea of white supremacy and racism.

Now, when you see articles like this, you’ll know why…

When white supremacists overthrew a government

It was not in South Africa. It was in North Carolina.

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