Friday, August 5, 2022

Frederick Douglas on slavery and freedom.

 “I have observed this in my experience of slavery,--that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom. I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceased to be a man.”

― Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

“In all my interviews with Mr. Lincoln I was impressed with
his entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored
race. He was the first great man that I talked with in the United
States freely, who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color”

― Frederick Douglass

How many politicians today could have this said of them with a straight face?

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