A group of black Americans have refused to celebrate the 4th of July holiday because of their objections to the country’s history and founding. Black digital magazine The Root featured a video in which black Philadelphians describe their issues with America’s independence day.
Shani Akilah says that the beginning of the “No Country for Me,” video that “I’ve never identified with even being American, even though I’m born here. At the inception of this country, it was based off of oppression and murder and colonization and rape. And so we are rotten at our core.”
“To me, it’s resistance to not acknowledge the day at all. To continue to fight in this liberation movement for what freedom actually is,” she went on.
The Daily Caller reports:
Alyssa Bigbee claimed she wasn’t even thinking about celebrating July 4. “I haven’t even thought about celebrating Fourth of July, honestly,” Bigbee said. “It’s not even in my mind.”
One black woman from Philadelphia said that she didn’t see how “freedom” lined up with the deaths of American Indians when British colonists first came to the country.
Michael Coard, a black writer, said that black Americans should not be celebrating the holiday at all, due to its ties to racism.
Watch the video: