An American Tragedy
Edited By Emmanuel Harris II and Antonio D. Tillis
Chapter One: A Message for Our Sons and Daughters: Remembering Trayvon
A Message for Our Sons and Daughters: Remembering Trayvon
REV. WILLIAM L. JOHNSON III
This past Fourth of July, the nation celebrated its 237th birthday. Many of us watched as people all around the country and perhaps the world took note of the greatness of a nation that has become the world’s singular superpower. As is the custom of many, I gazed at the sight of fireworks exploding while teeming crowds watched with excitement and awe at the grandeur of our nation’s expression of pride and patriotism. Yet, for some reason I found it more difficult to celebrate this holiday than ever before. I must admit, in the past I’ve not been able to really get into the Fourth of July holiday to celebrate the idea of freedom when I remember the true history of the country’s birth. The debates among those in this nation’s first Continental Congress proved that this nation’s leaders ignored the evils of slavery and the very words found in its Declaration of Independence. They declare:
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind, requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the...
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