This Former Slave’s Understanding Of The American Founding Rebukes Beto O’Rourke’s Ignorant Anti-Americanism


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This year’s Independence Day was ripe with political arguments about whether America is truly great, inherently white supremacist, or just okay as claimed by a New York Times opinion writer. One of the greatest disagreements is on the state of race relations in contemporary America.

Recently Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke told a group of immigrants, “This country was founded on white supremacy and every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression even in our democracy.” But Frederick Douglass, America’s greatest abolitionist voice, did not see it this way.

Douglass was brought to the forefront of the current public debate on race and the founding when former NFL player Colin Kaepernick posted a tweet quoting Douglass’ famous speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” He cited a portion of the speech in which Douglass laments that the holiday

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