Today is Malia Ann Obama’s 22nd birthday and it’s the only birthday Black Twitter is set on acknowledging this 4th of July. Much like how the only Christopher we acknowledge on Christopher Columbus Day is Wallace.
The Harvard student and daughter of Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is being revered with Happy Malia Obama Day tweets instead.
“So we all have come to an agreement that July 4th is now Malia Obama Day? Okay. Got it,” one Twitter user tweeted.
So we all have come to an agreement that July 4th is now Malia Obama Day? Okay. Got it.— “maybe : miss savannah ” (@BRIyondoriginal) July 2, 2020
Though Fourth of July is traditionally commemorated as a day in history when the United States declared its independence from England with colorful displays of grandiose fireworks on the beach, hot dogs galore, and American flag-waving, this year things are a tad bit different.
As police officers continue to go unpunished for killing unarmed Black people, white women continue to call the cops on Black people, immigrant children remain locked in cages under ICE, and other acts, it makes it hard to happily celebrate Independence Day.
Frederick Douglass’ family members reiterated this point recently by reciting the late slave abolishment leader’s Fourth of July speech on slavery in a video with NPR.
According to the research of documentary filmmaker Arlen Parsa, most of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were slaveholders and he created a graphic to visually display this actuality.
The founders with red dots are the slaveholders. The founders in yellow are the only ones who freed all the people they held.— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) September 1, 2019
Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, raped one of the women he enslaved.
He freed his illegitimate children. But not their mom. pic.twitter.com/9D1aurjZUD
While white men were free, Black people were not. When slaves were finally freed with the passing of the 13th Amendment in 1865, also known as the Emancipation Proclamation, the iron-fisted Jim Crow laws followed, giving birth to systemic racism.
“It is Malia Obama’s birthday, besides that, it is a regular day, nothing special about it at all, another Saturday,” another Twitter user quipped.
Check out some more tweets of Black Twitter celebrating Malia Obama Day below.
The only thing we observe on this day is Malia Obama’s birthday. Happy Birthday queen pic.twitter.com/Eig3PYpnuI— hannahmontana (@tweethannah_) July 4, 2020
if you see my celebrating this saturday just know it’s for malia obama’s birthday not damn independence day— Mackenzie Hall (@mackenziehaiden) July 2, 2020
Today is Malia Obama’s 22nd birthday... that’s the only holiday we’re acknowledging today pic.twitter.com/a5Ro8wyNQg— Blk Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) July 4, 2020
Happy Malia Obama Day, y’all!— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) July 4, 2020
Today is a great day for our country. Today, we celebrate a day that means a lot to a lot of people around the world...— Timaal Bradford (@timaal_bradford) July 4, 2020
...the birth of Malia Obama.
Happy birthday, Malia! pic.twitter.com/ajbdkiLDSp