The 4th of You-Lie (July) and the Scraps We Eat from Massa’s Table

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are”. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

“Most of us came here in chains and most of you came here to escape your chains. Your freedom was our slavery and therein lies the bitter difference in the way we look at life”. John Oliver Killens

Tomorrow, America will celebrate 224 years of freedom from British rule, tyranny and unfair taxation. America, “land of the free and home of the brave”, or shall we call it like it is, “land of the thief and home of the slave”. Because that is the truth of American history.

The American Revolutionary period is summed up by the celebrated words Thomas Jefferson emphatically proclaimed when he wrote, “All men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Ironically, I only have one response, “How Sway”? The sheer hypocrisy of this so called declaration continues to baffle me. How dare you declare that all men are created equal while you systematically and physically enslaved, oppressed and dehumanized the African inhabitants of this country.

There is nothing for us to celebrate on the 4th of July. We should not celebrate a holiday commemorating the freedom of our oppressors while we remained in chains. It is the fourth of You Lie because our freedom was still another 89 years away.

And not only do we celebrate the freedom of our oppressors, but we still eat the scraps and crap massa throws our way. But this time it’s by choice. And I know our ancestors didn’t endure all they did for us to continue to eat like we are enslaved.

The hot dog is a 4th of July staple on our grills. But what is in a hot dog?

  • Fish
  • Chicken feet
  • Chicken carcasses
  • Chicken heads
  • Lungs plus trachea
  • Udder
  • Liver
  • Fresh blood
  • Wheat flour
  • Salt
  • PP530
  • Water
  • Phosphate
  • Carrageenan

*From You Don’t Need Meat by Peter Cox*

A hot dog is useless, discarded parts repackaged as something edible and delicious. Exactly what July 4th represents for African Americans. We continue to eat the lies, literally and figuratively of this sham of a holiday. We fill our minds and bodies with the scraps from massa’s table also know as the standard American diet.

Enjoy the day off. Spend time with family and friends. But do not celebrate a freedom that is not yours. Do not eat as if you are still enslaved. Instead, eat the food of our ancestors that nourished body, mind and spirit. Eat from the earth and not from the hand that put you in chains.

Kathleen Richardson is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant specializing in African Holistic Health.