Fourth of July 2012

Sooooooo yesterday I was supposed to post more pictures from my trip South but I ran into technical difficulties and had to abandon/postpone that particular post for other day. #aggravating

Moving on…

My primary plans will involve a plane ride and then maybe MAYBE fireworks but enough about me hopefully YOU have some super chill good ole “here’s how we celebrate holidays in the summer in America” plans on your plate BUT before you strike up that grill or set yourself on fire trying to impress your friends and/or your kids with some “really cool” fireworks here are a few interesting tidbits of history for ya:

1. History of Fireworks

2. History of the word “Barbecue

Most etymologists believe that barbecue derives from the word barabicu found in the language of the Taíno people of the Caribbean and the Timucua of Florida, and entered European languages in the form barbacoa. The word translates as “sacred fire pit.” The word describes a grill for cooking meat, consisting of a wooden platform resting on sticks.

Traditional barbacoa involves digging a hole in the ground and placing some meat (usually a whole goat) with a pot underneath it, so that the juices can make a hearty broth. It is then covered with maguey leaves and coal and set alight. The cooking process takes a few hours.

It has been suggested that both the word and cooking technique migrated out of the Caribbean and into other languages and cultures, with the word (barbacoa) moving from Caribbean dialects into Spanish, then Portuguese, French, and English. (Wikipedia)

Sounds about right to me.

3. And of course this wouldn’t be my blog without a consideration of…


Specifically, take 3 minutes and 43 seconds to watch a video of Morgan Freeman perform excerpts from a speech Frederick Douglass gave to a white audience about the Fourth of July in Rochester, New York on July 5th 1852. Yes, Frederick Douglass. Learn yourself something!

“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, to-day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.” (Historyisaweapon)

Although we have made almost astonishing strides since Frederick Douglass’ time now is not the time to be complacent. The battle still rages on. This is an election year and the GOP is determined to steal, lie and/or buy themselves back into the White House so you still need to stay connected, get involved and above all else VOTE!!!! #Obama2012

 Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way – go ‘head and celebrate because that’s what President Obama would want you to do.  😉


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