“Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks,”
So Chris Rock told the truth and people have a problem with it? Seriously…get over it. It’s common sense that blacks were slaves back then, so why should they be happy with Independence Day? It didn’t benefit them whatsoever. Afterall, Independence Day is this…
A federal holiday in the United States commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
So if you read the information below you will have a better understanding of whats common sense to African Americans.
The Emancipation Proclamation is an executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War using his war powers. It was not a law passed by Congress. It proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states then in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. at that time. The Proclamation immediately freed 50,000 slaves, with nearly all the rest (of the 3.1 million) freed as Union armies advanced. The Proclamation did not compensate the owners, did not itself outlaw slavery, and did not make the ex-slaves (called freedmen) citizens.
On September 22, 1862, Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation that he would order the emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863. None returned, and the order, signed and issued January 1, 1863, took effect except in locations where the Union had already mostly regained control. The Proclamation made abolition a central goal of the war (in addition to reunion), outraged white Southerners who envisioned a race war, angered some Northern Democrats, energized anti-slavery forces, and weakened forces in Europe that wanted to intervene to help the Confederacy.
What that means is this. African Americans were not free so why should they give a flying fuck about Independence Day?!? Just saying…
Listen, should Chris Rock let this go? Hell yeah because it does nothing to help anyone at this day and time, but it is his twitter and he is able to speak whatever he wishes. What he said was true and correct, so if anyone is offended by the truth, then thats their problem, not his.