Does July 4th make any sense to black people?

Should Africans celebrate american ‘independence’ day on July 04?

In 1776, the United States’ declaration of independence stated “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.”

Regardless of those statements, the United States kept black people into slavery for another 200 years, until the second half of the 20th century. And until today, black people are still widely victim of white oppression in America.

Does July 4th make any sense to black people? What do you celebrate?

As a matter of comparison,white Americans celebrate Columbus as part of their glorious history, and Columbus is included in America glorious history. Should Amerindians accept that celebration just because it’s part of white American history? What would they be celebrating?

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Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

One Response to “Does July 4th make any sense to black people?”

  1. Leisa Vandehey

    Is there more conversation on this topic? I’m a white woman in Portland involved with SURJ PDX. I have a dream of changing 4th of July traditions – e.g. Whitewashed small town rural USA parades with Union Jack flags, police, military, and dominant political parties driving environmentally detrimental vehicles with token participation of “other” groups that are met with timidity – and replace them with less comfortable reality of our true history and acceptance of how colonialism has created the country we live in -warts and all. If Black Lives Matter reps could be in the parade and feel supported and celebrated (it would be an even greater dream to imagine that BLM isn’t even needed anymore because we’d be so evolved), I could die in peace.


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