What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: A day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham.
Frederick Douglass (c.1817–1895), U.S. abolitionist. Speech, July 5, 1852, Rochester, NY. "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" The Frederick Douglass Papers, ed. John W. Blassingame, first series (1982).