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As “freedom loving” white people everywhere gathered to get drunk off Bud Light and watch fireworks light up the sky, comedian Chris Rock took a moment to point out what should be obvious: The 4th of July wasn’t Independence Day for black American slaves. Rock tweeted:
“Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”
So tell me, how can a fact be controversial? Yes, white patriotic (see: fascist) Americans everywhere are bashing Rock for his supposedly un-American comments, but they’re angry at the wrong guy.
If they insist on frothing at the mouth, they should direct their anger at their own smarmy ancestors, who acted with such overt duplicity and inhumanity. The only thing Chris Rock did was point out a historical fact. But hey, as they say, the truth hurts.
Here are just a few of the tweets directed at Rock for telling the truth. Let’s dissect each of them based on their own particular logical fallacy:
Tweet #1: “I wonder if the free man Crispus Attucks would agree with you. Not all blacks were slaves and not all whites were free.”
So, this imbecile puts forth the notion that since at least one black was free, slavery didn’t exist. Gotcha.
Tweet #2: ”The Declaration of Independence led directly to emancipation. No nation with that as a foundation could long tolerate slavery.”
Still doesn’t change a d**n thing. Blacks were chattel, and saying one thing led to another doesn’t change that fact. It’s the kind of rationalizations dizzy high school girls use to describe why they have to buy the dress to go to the party that will lead to the conversation that will lead to the cool girl’s table that will – at last- lead to dating the high school quarterback. Grow up.
Tweet #3: “ “Good one! I bet your Guatemalan house staff got a good chuckle.”
Even if Rock has Guatemalan workers at his home, I’m sure they’re paid a salary, and that’s a h**l of a lot more than slaves received. An elementary attempt at a straw man argument.
Anyway, welcome to America, where the villain is always the victim, and vice versa. Happy July 5th. I, for one, am glad the 4th is over.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.