The famous Christian hip hop artist Lecrae caused controversy on social media yesterday the 4th of July 2016; American independence day. He raised heavy questions for discussion among his fan base on Instagram when he uploaded a picture of Frederick Douglas (African-American abolitionist and statesman, 1818-1895). The picture contained a speech given by Frederick on “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” at New York in 1852. It reads;

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 cruelty to which he is a constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham;… 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 earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.”

 

After uploading this post; that centered on slavery and racism,  on independence day, the CHH artist went on to comment, and I quote;

“This isn’t anti-American. This is remembering that all our histories are different.”

This caused an outrage as some of Lecrae’s fans on instagram accused him of “being stuck on the past…”, some accused him of being ignorant of the laws that held ground in the 1700s, “why is slavery such a big deal all the time? why can’t we just move on?”, “why did you post this? this isn’t a positive way to remember our country.”. . are some of the comments that were voiced by his followers. Although some of his followers lashed out on him, some were in support of his stand on remembering the ugly past of America’s history.

This is not the first time that Lecrae has voiced his opinion on issues facing the Black Community. In his mixtape album that dropped in January earlier this year, 2016, Church Clothes 3 his lyrics were mainly focused on racism, gang violence and oppression. His album was also criticized for absence of creativity and lyrical inconsistency.

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