Sunday, July 4, 2010

Whose Revolution was it?


1776 the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed to the colonist as words of Freedom. It spoke of Liberty and inalienable rights. However, for the estimated 500,000 slaves in the New World those words rang hollow. For more than 150 years African’s were sold to colonist to aid in their economic and cultural advancements. The colonist seemed not to like the constraints the motherland would place on them through taxation and subjugation. So, the Patriots fought back! Many blacks (free & enslaved) were confused as to which master to serve during the Revolution. On one hand fighting for the New Nation held promises of Liberty and a New Country where all men would be created equal. On the other, the British Crown was direct in their promise to free any slave that would fight to stabilize the uprising. 5000 blacks fought alongside the Patriots with more than 20,000 fighting alongside the British. One of the most prominent of those was Colonel Tye (a black slave who joined the British cause). Tye became a feared and respected soldier whose raids on the New York & New Jersey areas would almost turn the tide of the war. It was said by Washington soldiers that if he were on their side of the war, the War would have been won years earlier.

At any rate, thousands of blacks gained their freedom by remaining loyal to the Crown. Some moved to Nova Scotia, others went to Florida and a number of blacks went to London. Close to 1200 former slaves were granted safe passage back to West Africa.

Those who fought with the Colonist were not as fortunate. Within a few short years those who once laid down their lives for a quaint notion of freedom were back in bondage. The first of many lies African-Americans would endure during our evolution here in the now United States. It makes you wonder, was being “British” all that bad after all?

*** The question is... what does July 4th 1776 mean to you?

Milano Flascucci~

3 comments:

  1. Check out Danny Glover's reading a speech written by Fredrick Douglass regarding the 4th of July or what we so eloquently call Independent Day. It is on YouTube.

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  2. "...The effort of inhuman masters to force such Negroes back into slavery at the close of their service at the front, actuated the liberal legislators of that commonwealth to pass the Act of Emancipation, proclaiming freedom to all Negroes who had thus enlisted and served their term faithfully, and empowered them to sue in forma pauperis, should they thereafter be unlawfully held in bondage." right. whatever
    Apparently this man is right. Because the British were willing to enlist slaves and offer freedom, they begun to win. News of this got back to the Revolutionaries and then they decided, 'yeah, we better do something with these Negros before the British get them and together, they'll win against us." http://www.webroots.org/library/usablack/jonh12-0.html
    One would think they'd welcome Negros with open arms since many of the institutions in America were filled with English loyalists.
    Even still as the Americans fought to keep South Carolina and to win Eastern Florida from the Natives and the British, they still would not arm blacks. No southern gentleman of worth would dare suffer his delicate nature as to serve along side an inferior (who very well may cut his delicate throat.) In other words, they were scared to arm blacks because of the cruelty they had been shown.
    "The policy of our arming slaves is in my opinion a moot point, unless the enemy set the example."
    Well what do you expect out of a bunch of outcasts, criminals and weirdos who could not get along in civilized English society?! Our forefathers were not educated or refined, they were fighters and they got tired of the crown ripping them off, in their opinion. They didn't want to pay. And if they weren't of royal blood they would die poor, no matter how clever. So like most gangsters, they did whatever to get money. Most of them were ordered out of England as punishment. England saw it as an opportunity to expand its horizons and be rid of undesirables. But after a while they said fk England and defended the country as best they could. Sounds gang-ish, doesn't it?
    Great post.

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  3. Well, at least the Colonists were consistent with their failure to honor their promises -

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