TheFourth of July is a day that reveals the gross injustice and crueltythe American slaves’ experience. In as much as the Americanscelebrate the day, the shouts for liberty appear to be a mockery andswelling vanity to the slaves (page 1005).The Americans mistreatedthe slaves subjected them to torture and torment and therefore,celebrations of equality and justice on the Fourth July is ahypocritical act since no nation on earth is as guilty of shockingand bloody practices as the United States(Douglass, 1852).
Douglassproves the slavery subjected to the black Americans by stating thatthere are seventy-two crimes which if committed by black Americanssubject them to death punishment in Virginia (page 1004). This is aclear sign of inequality in the social justice system(Douglass, 1852).Also, the black people are mainly associated with farming and othernon-skilled employment while the white enjoy well-paying jobs workingas lawyers, doctors, secretaries and ministers among others.
Thespeech contains a lot of emotions as it reveals the pain andsuffering experienced by the blacks in America. The anger isjustified and does not take him away from his argument. However,there are a lot of facts evident in the argument thus making iteffective(Douglass, 1852).
Thecase involved a scenario where the company I worked for refused topay the salary for three months because the organization’sleadership was corrupt. I argued with bitterness and emotionalattachment that I could not make effective arguments. My argumentswere based on the emotions rather than considering other factors thatmight have caused the incidence and working on possible ways ofsolving it.
Douglass,F. (1852). What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?. TheFrederick Douglass Papers, 2,359-88.