“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?

What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a constant victim. 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 that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour forth a stream, a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and the crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.

Thabo Sefolosha Not Guilty | Atlanta Daily World

Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha (C) leaves the courthouse after attending his trial in New York on October 7, 2015. Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest and other crimes during a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha (C) leaves the courthouse after attending his trial in New York on October 7, 2015. Sefolosha was charged with resisting arrest and other crimes during a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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As of Friday morning, NBA star Thabo Sefolosha has been cleared of all charges and found not guilty of resisting arrest stemming from an altercation in April with the NYPD which ended with the cops breaking his leg.“They were on the side of truth and justice today. … I’m just happy all this is over now and I can put this behind me, knowing my name has been cleared,” ESPN quoted Sefolosha, 31, as saying.While Sefolosha did not say whether he would pursue a case against the city, it’s a damning scenario for a police force constantly accused of excessive force and racial profiling, especially in light of the violent take down of tennis star James Blake  by a plain-clothes cop just weeks ago in a case of mistaken identity. And a clear example of police brutality.In the April incident, Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic were arrested outside of a New York City club on the night that Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland and his girlfriend were stabbed. Sefolosha has maintained that the two incidents were completely separate, even though many media reports linked them together. In fact, cops said Sefolosha “refused” to leave the scene of the crime.Cops also reported that Sefolosha “charged” at them, but he has maintained that he was singled out by a police officer, who told him “with or without a badge, I’m going to fuck you up and I can fuck you up.”Sefolosha claims they then attacked him when he attempted to give a homeless person money. That homeless person testified in court that cops attacked the NBA star when he attempted to give him $20.Source: JEWEL SAMAD / GettyVideo obtained by TMZ Sports released earlier this year showed a very different story from police claims that Sefolosha was violent with them. In the video, cops can be seen placing Sefolosha into a headlock and wrestling him to the ground. One police officer appears to strike him in the leg while the NBA player was already down. As a result, he suffered a season-ending broken ankle, which required surgery and is still not healed.The case went to criminal court and Sefolosha found himself facing jail time for “resisiting arrest.” But the NBA player did not back down. Prosecutors reportedly offered him a plea deal, where he would do one day of community service and the case would go away without a trial. But, risking harsh punishment, the end of his career and jail time, Sefolosha demanded a trial, seemingly to shed light on the plague of police brutality in New York City and the country alike.A teary-eyed Sefolosha told reporters Friday that the decision to testify “wasn’t difficult at all. All I had to do was tell the truth.”We’re glad to see Sefolosha shine a light on police brutality. And it will be a good day when all Black people are afforded their due justice by simply telling “the truth.”

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Kimbo Extra Cream Espresso Beans

Those that know me know I love my coffee.  I picked up a new bean today that I have instantly fallen in love with, the Kimbo Extra Cream.  I picked it up at Jimmy’s Market here in Dallas.

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Kimbo Extra Cream
Whole beans coffee Net 2.2lb/1kg
Kimbo Espresso Extra Cream is amongst the best South Italian coffees and espressos. The exact name of this coffee is Armonia Di Gusto Dolce e Aroma Delicato which means coffee with a wonderfully slightly sweet flavor and delicious aroma. That really speaks for itself. Caffè Kimbo unites a delightful dense and slightly sweet crema with a wonderful flavor. This Kimbo Espresso Crema Dolce is best suited for original Italian Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato and fine espressos. We are thrilled and you are certainly going to like it too.
Imported from Italy.
50% Arabica
50% Robusta

Medium bodied
Perfect Crema
Medium Caffeine Content