Here’s How Social Media Responded to the 4th of July:

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Those who brought up the irony of Blacks celebrating the holiday:

"Solitude" acrylic on canvas #art #artlife #bayarea #berkeley #oakland #dopeart

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Or the fact that Blacks are still terrorized in America:

@just_jahslyn #oakland 4th of July

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Many shared Fredrick Douglass’ iconic poem “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”

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(If you haven’t heard James Earl Jones reciting the poem on Democracy Now!, it’s definitely worth a listen). 

 And Suheir Hammad‘s poem We Spent the 4th of July in Bed:

Usher also kept it real in an epic way at the Essence Music Festival:

Others pointed out that their 4th of July Celebrations had little to do with the actual holiday:


And lest we not forget Independence Day is really just a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ genocide:

Or that all that glitters isn’t gold to everyone: