My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

July 02: More Fitting For A Holiday



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What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?  To him, 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 him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.  There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.


“The Meaning of July Fourth For The Negro,” Frederick Douglass (1852)




Scott:  I find it intellectually insulting – if not blasphemous – when Caucasian ministers suggest at this time of year that the morality of the “founding fathers” merited special blessing for our nation.



Do not say, ‘Why is it that the former days were better than these?’ For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.

Ecclesiastes 7:10



In lieu of the Fourth of July, the Second of July seems more appropriate for a holiday celebration:  Civil rights leader (and World War II veteran) Medgar Evers was born on this date in 1925, and the USA’s most significant Civil Rights Act was signed into law on this date in 1964 . . . prompted in significant part by grief over the assassinations in 1963 of Evers and President John F. Kennedy.

In part, the Civil Right Act of 1964 provided that:


All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.




Analysis:  “The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby and the Range (1986)




Scott Ealy


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