It’s the Fourth of July, which means it’s time for far-leftists to use the occasion to bash America. We have already seen Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) pretend that “black people still aren’t free” in America. The New York Times attacked the American flag. But now, a fairly well-known professional race baiter has also joined the “America Sucks” choir, and he’s using his dulcet soprano tones to rewrite history.
Author and podcaster Touré penned a piece for the Grio titled “F**k Fourth of July: The only independence day I recognize is Juneteenth.” In the piece, he repeats a fallacious claim made by Nikole Hannah Jones, who put together the 1619 Project. He writes:
Independence for who? It wasn’t independence for Black people, for our ancestors, so why would we celebrate the Fourth of July? And it isn’t merely that Americans owned slaves at the time when America became independent, it’s that slavery was completely wrapped up in the movement to become independent.
In the piece, Touré quotes a passage from Jones’ essay:
We may never have revolted against Britain if some of the founders had not understood that slavery empowered them to do so; nor if they had not believed that independence was required in order to ensure that slavery would continue. It is not incidental that 10 of this nation’s first 12 presidents were enslavers, and some might argue that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy.
In the article, the author also complains about the backlash to Critical Race Theory (CRT) being taught in America’s classrooms, arguing that “this country is both engaged in racism and in working hard to pretend it’s not.”
Touré acknowledges that black Americans have fought hard to “make America more American – more free and more just,” but still can’t bring himself to acknowledge the progress that has been made. Indeed, he, like many others on the hard left, frequently ignore or downplay the strides that the United States has made, preferring instead to focus almost solely on its flaws and sins.
And this is the fatal flaw in arguments made by people on the hard left. They want their audience to believe that America has made no significant progress towards living up to the values upon which she was founded.
The reality is that for people like Touré, there is absolutely nothing America can do to satisfy them. The reality is that no matter how much progress we make as a nation, they will still pretend that we are living under Jim Crow-like conditions. These people will always have ammunition because America, like every single, other nation that has ever existed, will always have shortcomings.
The bottom line is that the objective of folks like Touré is to foster more racial division and to intimate that the U.S. is irredeemably racist. What they fail to acknowledge is the fact that the narrative they perpetuate is an affront to Americans – black and white – who have done the work to move America forward.
Yes, there is still more work to do in the quest for equality. I acknowledged as much in my earlier piece on Independence Day. But the notion that we cannot celebrate the legitimate advancements we have made, because some issues still exist, is not only absurd but counterproductive to what they claim they wish to achieve. Perhaps they are not as serious about their mission as they would have us believe.