Born a slave, social reformer Frederick Douglass was asked to deliver an oration — recalled by PBS — at an Independence Day gathering at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., in 1852.
"What, to the American slave," he asked the crowd, "is your Fourth of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour."
Douglass’ speech informed and influenced future Americans — including William H. Lamar IV.
Artist Andrew Lamb has given the neighborhood watch signs a revamp by fixing photos of superheroes to the existing signs. Recognizing that he is vandalizing public property, he said he does not feel it’s “ethically or morally wrong”, but hopes that “it’s just spontaneous nostalgia and happiness, the kind of vandalism you can bring home to mom”.
I don’t know why I “made” this. But I did.
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“When you see the stunned expressions on these kids’ faces as they realize their goals and dreams are no longer attainable because of political pressures completely out of their control, that’s when you know they’ve gained a valuable understanding of our space program,” Campbell added.
A team of Dutch scientists wants to use the crowd instead, by turning umbrellas into mini weather-monitoring stations. Every time it rains, smart umbrellas would use sensors to detect falling drops, and then use Bluetooth to send a report to a smartphone app. As people walk around with umbrellas throughout a city during a storm, each app would send in data to a central system where meteorologists could use it to come up with better predictions.