Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mr. Douglass Has More to Say

Portrait of Fredrick Douglass with white hair and beard. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com
The most influential African American of the nineteenth century, [Frederick] Douglass made a career of agitating the American conscience. - Roy Finkenbine 
Fredrick Douglass had too many fabulous things to say to leave it at one post.  
It appears we've experienced a bit of backsliding in the realm of civil rights, character, foresight and planning, intelligence, communication, honesty, morality, leadership, high treason, low treason, drinkable water, ability to focus, basic human decency, and who knows what else.
Photo young black child in dress clothes c 1940s Build strong children vote quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com

There is a class of people who seem to think that if a man should fall overboard into the sea with a Bible in his pocket it would hardly be possible to drown. I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. - Fredrick Douglass
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. - Fredrick Douglass
Photo of young black brothers roller skating and holding hands. c 1950s Living with respect quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. - Fredrick Douglass 
Educate your sons and daughters, send them to school, and show them that beside the cartridge box, the ballot box, and the jury box, you also have the knowledge box. - Fredrick Douglass
Photo of a young shoe shine boy. C. 1920s I am a man. quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com

The religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes. We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen! all for the glory of God and the good of souls! - Fredrick Douglass 
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. - Fredrick Douglass
Photo of young black child smiling in front of the New York Journal  building. c 1950s Free speech quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com
Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude. - Fredrick Douglass
All that distinguishes man as an intelligent and accountable being, is equally true of women. - Fredrick Douglass 
Photo of a young black boy in overalls and a hat. C. 1920s One and God quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com
Poverty, ignorance, and degradation are the combined evils, these constitute the social disease of the free colored people of the US. - Fredrick Douglass 
Some know the value of education by having it. I know it's value by not having it. - Fredrick Douglass
Photo of a young black slave in rags. Power quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com
If those quotable bits of wisdom aren't enough, Douglass invented the term "scorching irony".
Photo of a young black child in Sunday best. Scorching quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say.  marchmatron.com

Earlier this year, a newspaper article pointed out some Trump and Douglass irony. 
Trump's contribution to Black History Month; 
"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice."  
leading intelligent people to reach two conclusions. 
First, it is probable that Trump has no idea who Frederick Douglass is and second, it is possible Trump doesn't know Frederick Douglass is dead. 
Altered photo of Trump in the oval room with Fredrick Douglass as an advisor. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Mr. Douglass has more to say. marchmatron.com

The irony obviously being, Trump is the embodiment of everything Douglass would have found abhorrent. 
Scorching irony may be the only way to survive the next few years. 
#FrederickDouglass#CivilRights #NotMyPresident 

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