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Chris Rock Criticized For Calling The 4th Of July “White People’s Independence Day”


Chris Rock is under fire for a tweet he sent out in celebration of 4th of July, which he dubbed a holiday for “white people.” Rock posted the (historically accurate) message for his more than 850,000 followers Wednesday (July 4). “Happy white peoples independence day [sic] the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks,” he wrote.
The post drew laughs from the likes of actor Don Cheadle, but others were not amused. “@chrisrock Slavery existed for 2000yrs before America. We eradicated it in 100yrs. We now have a black POTUS. ‪#GoF—Yourself,” responded Jeff Schreiber, managing editor of the blog, America’s Right. Sensing that he may have overstepped his boundaries, Schreiber explained his tweet. “I’m not saying we’re blameless for that horrid practice, but for @chrisrock to indict the US as he did is inappropriate at best,” he added, before deleting the comment.

The comedian never responded to the critics, likely because he doesn’t have to. For one, it’s his opinion, and for another his sentiments were shared by the late Frederick Douglass, who penned a letter to President Franklin Pierce on Independence Day in 1852. “With little experience and with less learning, I have been able to throw my thoughts hastily and imperfectly together; and trusting to your patient and generous indulgence, I will proceed to lay them before you,” Douglass wrote. “This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. It is the birthday of your National Independence, and of your political freedom.

He went on to explain how Black people mark the holiday. “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly 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 denunciations 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 these United States, at this very hour.”

So there you have it, perhaps people should understand the history behind Rock’s tweet before jumping to conclusions.


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  • hahaha

    lmao…thats the TRUTH…Slaves was not free

  • Gosmoke

    Hm who are the “we” that “eradicated” slavery in 100 years??Moron. Chris was on point with this one. If Paul Mooney had tweeted it, no one would say a word.

  • WhiteMan

    Where was Chris off track with this? Some of my very white ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War and what he he said is absolutely true.

    • So if you have such a problem with this country and being white, why don’t you go somewhere else where you think you would be happy. You have to a real jerk for still living in a pre 20th century frame of mind.

      • Lucky502

        If YOU have a problem with the comments you see on HHW why don’t you go to another message board where you think YOU would be happy? Go for it, Bub!

  • 8 year Marine

    how about you growing up and getting into the 21st century where all Americans have the same freedom as the person next to them. Get your butt out of the past (100 years ago) and into the present day so that maybe, just maybe our great nation can move forward.

  • I will be glad to contribute to the purchase of a one way airline ticket to anywhere in the world for Chris Rock. Take your pathetic mentality somewhere else Rock.

    • As though his family had a choice to come here. Unfortunately for us, everywhere on this country is either a former colony or a former colonizer, therefore it is simply stupid to suggest that if one “doesn’t like this country he should get out” colonizers messed it up for everybody, so we just have to deal with making this world a better place by shining truth on history, which, gasps. AFFECTS US TODAY. I truly don’t understand your criticism of something historically true. July 4, 1776 was a day in which we were still slaves, property of the white man, so why celebrate something that did not free us? Makes no sense to me.

      • Mike

        Your statement isn’t based on fact either. July 4th is a celebration of Independence from the British Empire. It was initially related to Freedom of Religion (or possibly Freedom FROM Religion). White people came here to escape persecution based on their religious beliefs. Granted, taxation was a primary part in initiating the revolution. Regardless, terrible things happened to black people during slavery. However, Mr. Rock is a successful comedian because he is in America. Things have changed. He has the ability to say and do what he wants because black people have fought for his right and white people can’t argue the point that we should all be equal. Chris Rock should celebrate the 4th of July because it allowed America to break free of a monarchy and begin the long trudge to equality for all races. Is it only me that can see all of this?

      • Earthquake

        For the masses of black people in this country, July 4th means nothing still. Chris Rock has a right to his opinion just like you. He expressed it, now you get over it!

      • jauy

        lol are you kidding most black people love the 4th of july just as much as anyone else

      • mike

        no, we still just enjoy the fireworks

      • du

        Karl Marx penned his theories into writing in the 19th century. Clearly his thoughts are still alive and well in people like you. So far as being “colonized”.. everything about you is colonized. Your logic is marxian(german origin), your language is english(england), and you likely worship a european god(jesus). So maybe you should abstain from english, any European political ideology, and convert back to african tribal religion. That way you can be truly freed of your evil white overlords influence.

      • 2sensible

        european god?? lolololol

    • yahoo

      Chris Rock can buy your sorry a*s a hundred times over, idiot! While I’m at it, why don’t you take your useless, racist stupidity back to the cave from which you came.
      Whites cannot face the truth. You people killed, stole, enslaved raped (yes, raped) and committed so many heinous crimes and still do. Whites are the most hateful and evil people on this earth!

      • lol


    • Lucky502

      I’m sure that with the money he has, he could buy you and sell you.

  • TWO SOOOCCCKKKSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

    The truth hurts AMERIKKKA!

  • Rule

    The point of the matter is …”Slaves were not free” when this holiday was

    • Nor was ANYBODY…the British didn’t give up ’til 1783

      • Lucky502

        Maybe so, but the white ones had far, far more freedom than the black ones. I don’t recall learning about blacks hanging whites for sport.

  • g.liath

    Using slavery to sell your wares? Chris Rock you should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Verbal Myrtle

    Dec 24, 1865: KKK founded How about we call this day “Black People ay”..ENOUGH!!! we let these stars of all race and color get away with nonsense!!! ENOUGH

  • Verbal Myrtle

    Dec 24, 1865: KKK founded How about we call this day “Black People Day”..ENOUGH!!! we let these stars of all race and color get away with nonsense!!! ENOUGH

  • g.liath

    Using slavery to draw attention to yourself two days before your crappy movie is released? Desperate measures from a desperate man. Chris Rock you should be ashamed. oyourself.

  • Justthewayitis

    Ya don’t like it Rock? Go to another country. If the things didn’t take place that we celebrate on that day where do you think you would be now?

    • Black Excellence

      In Africa richer than like every other civilization ever created.

  • LOL @ chris! he’s not lying at all. the people who demanded independence from the british were freemasons who were/still misusing the ancient egyptians practice created by africans.

  • …OF course, NONE of us were free then. Not ’til the British gave up in 1783 and it was that battle for freedom that continued 70 or so years later into the Civil War, in which a WHOLE SLEW of white people died so that the slaves would be free….It’s always good to know what you’re talking about before you make a fool of yourself Chris.

    • mike

      that war was just to reunite the union, subsequently slaves were freed, emancipation proclamation did nothing for slaves much like the 4th of july

  • Vivienne

    Chris Rock holds an opinion that I totally agree with. Most folk, especially in America, are ignorant of history, period. A survey was conducted wherein more Americans could name the Three Stooges than could name one “Founding Father” of the Constitution. Everyone doesn’t have to attend college. But please, try to obtain common knowledge.