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Captain America doesn't care about Black America.
Saying the 4th of July represents courage for black people, is like saying Thanos wanted the Infinity Stones, so he could make a friendship bracelet for Iron Man. Where is @DonCheadle when you need him.
.@ChrisEvans The Black Panther @chadwickboseman should of given you this Black History lesson.

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro. #FrederickDouglass
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Instead of just partying on the #4thofJuly , why not learn some more about your the #USA for example James Earl Jones reading #FrederickDouglass' What to the American Slave is the #FourthOfJuly ? via @democracynow
Or for at least a little while during the #4thofJuly cookout play an episode or two of the @PeabodyAwards winning @uncivilshow #podcast, the untold #history of the #AmericanCivilWar gimletmedia.com/shows/uncivil by @catchatweetdown & @JackHitt via @Gimletmedia
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In the final moments of President’s Day, I want to excerpt the words of Frederick Douglass from his 38 page speech about the assasination of Abraham Lincoln which I read at the @librarycongress in December. I held the original manuscript written in Douglas’ own hand:
“The fact is the people in the very depths of their souls loved Abraham Lincoln. They knew him, and knew him as one brother knows another, and they loved him as one brother lives another. He was not only the President of the country, but a member of each loyal family....
...The very picture of his plain American face was loved, as the picture of a dear relation...the American ppl saw in him, a full length portrait of themselves....
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New thread that I will add to over the coming days as I re-watch Ken Burns' The Civil War.

I'm gonna call this #WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary. 🤓

(@netflix listen up!)
1. Starting with Episode 1, "The Cause," the doc does not mention #slavery until a full 6 minutes in, erroneously stating that #RobertELee "disapproved" of slavery.🙄

nytimes.com/2017/08/18/us/…
2. Then he LITERALLY ATTRIBUTES THE CAUSE OF THE WAR TO STATES' RIGHTS.

Direct quote: “what began as a bitter dispute over union and states’ rights..."

#WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary
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The best part of this week were the hours I spent with my friend ⁦@LibnOfCongress⁩. For two and a half hours she allowed me to review original documents written in longhand by my hero, the great #FrederickDouglass.
Allison Cannon from the Manuscript Division of the @librarycongress provided wonderful context as we read Douglass’ letter to his son from his visit to Egypt.
I could barely breathe as I read from Douglass’ eulogy for Abraham Lincoln. Righteous anger, deep grief, and a searing, trenchant, and still relevant analysis of racism in America. #FrederickDouglass @librarycongress
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