When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people.— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 4, 2021
This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.
Fuck Independence Day. Not only were we not free, the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery. Why would Black people celebrate a day so wrapped up in our enslavement? My latest for @theGriohttps://t.co/hWINXJEF0w— Young Daddy (@Toure) July 4, 2021
Annual reminder, this is what America is all about pic.twitter.com/Y0wLNWuMzl— Abundant Blake (@KaliYugaNow) July 3, 2021
"So why do lift?"— Chris Benoit III:return Of The Crippler (@BenoitReturn) July 4, 2021
"Its….. complicated" pic.twitter.com/vBHrxJ3g9a
I was just thinking this morning …
There were no women who signed the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. It would have been scandalous at the time. It was White men who fought and died in the American Revolution.
There were no BIPOC people who signed the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. It was only White men. Most fought for the British. Article One of the Constitution refers to “Indians, Not Taxed.” The Declaration of Independence indicts King George III for inciting the “inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages.” Blacks were covered in the Constitution by the Fugitive Slave Clause and 3/5ths Compromise. Blacks and Indians gained American citizenship in 1866 and 1924 respectively.
There were no “trans” people or LGBTQ people who signed the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. The United States was created by cishet White males.
The Founding Fathers created a White Republic in the Constitution that shaped who could become an American citizen until the 1950s. American citizenship was based on whiteness.
The United States was created by “white supremacists” who were engaged in a project of “settler colonialism” on behalf of the British Empire. The American colonists wanted to remain White and English and incorporated that ideal into federal and state law. The Proclamation of 1763, which would have restricted White settlement to the Atlantic seaboard, was a cause of the conflict.
It wasn’t just White people who created America and who fought and died in the American Revolution. It was overwhelmingly Anglo-Americans or Americans of British ancestry. It was our ancestors who created America’s institutions in our own image. European immigrants were invited to come here and become Americans which meant becoming like us and adopting our customs.
America thought of itself as an “Anglo-Saxon” and “Protestant” nation until the 1930s.
America’s national identity – White (in race), Anglo-Saxon (in culture), Protestant (in religion) and liberal republican (in principles) was our identity. This was the dominant view down until World War II.
The American Idea, which was radical at the time, was the notion that White men could govern themselves in sovereign communities which we called our states. The Union was a federal republic of states.
The American love of “liberty” and individual rights and constitutional government is English in origin.
The Founding Fathers thought of themselves as republicans, not liberals, which became fashionable later in the early 19th century. The historian George Bancroft created America’s liberal national identity.
The federal government that was created by Americans during the American Revolution was a league of sovereign states. The Tenth Amendment reserved the vast majority of powers to the states.
It was the Lincoln administration which reversed the relationship between the states and the federal government. Prior to the War Between the States, the federal government was tiny and the states tended to their own affairs. It was Lincoln, not the Founders, who created a consolidated despotism.
The unalienable rights proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The only “equality” mentioned by the Constitution is the equality of sovereign states in the Senate. The federal government did not maintain “equality” within states.
The system created by the Founding Fathers was a White Republic composed of sovereign states where White men ruled themselves and over their families and slaves. The American Idea was putting a republican frame of government on an English culture.
In the 21st century, woke progressives have completely rejected America’s traditional national identity. They have rejected White identity, Anglo-Saxon culture, Protestant Christianity and now even liberal republicanism. And yet, these people whose beliefs are foreign in origin call us “extremists.”
Finally, if you were to search America for the group whose genetics, culture, values, memory and belief system most closely resemble that of the Founders, it would undoubtedly be us. “White Nationalism” is an American idea that grew out of the Anglo-American historical experience in North America. The idea that White men can and should govern themselves and that the government should be chained down by a constitution and kept at bay is a uniquely American idea. We are essentially antique Americans.
The people who go around toppling monuments of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and who are ashamed of their heritage and who believe their country is illegitimate and who hate themselves for being White are the people who have imbibed strange, foreign ideas. We have remained the same.
Regardless of how you feel about America, it was unquestionably our creation. There wasn’t another place in the world like it when we created it at the time.