It shouldn’t matter that I, an author with the audacity to select such a title, am black.
The arguments presented should stand or fall on their objective merit.
Nevertheless, I declare my racial identity at the outset to defuse any prejudice readers may bring regarding the motivation behind this piece.
Indeed, it is in part because I am black that the following must be said…
That the philosophical bias of emancipation was enshrined in the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 is as elusive to Chris Rock as the fact that the men who signed it were not made free [from the British] by the stroke of a pen [either].