Thursday, July 13, 2017

Well said, Mr. Douglass

Photo of Fredrick Douglass (1818–95) circa 1850. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Fredrick Douglas, civil rights advocate, circa 1850

While the world adjusts to America slowly drowning in the Trump swamp, Frederick Douglass and civil rights advocacy remains relevant.
Photo of a fashionable young man on Easter Sunday. 1941 at Pilgrim Baptist church in Chicago. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
If, like me, you are old and have limited recall, or if you are a victim of the new Secretary of Education and didn't learn about American history, Douglass' story is pretty damn amazing . . .
Photo of two young black school boys sharing a book on the building steps. c 1910s Liberty and rights quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
AND lessons from a great orator and conscientious agitator would by handy right about now. 

Photo of two young slaves in rags. 1800s Slavery quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Frederick Douglass, after several failed attempts, escaped slavery from Maryland on September 3, 1838. He did not know his date of birth but estimated that he was around 20 years old.   
Douglass celebrated September 3, as the day when his "free life" began.
Photo of a young black students, boy raising his hand. Knowledge quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com

Self-taught and a brilliant speaker, Douglass disproved the slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. 
Insert here any of thousands of stupid comments made by political leaders, who comprise the demographics that would have had exclusive rights to vote.  
I would do it but I've lost the will. 
Photo of a young black boy leaning against the garden gate wearing a cap and short pants. c 1910s Men have a choice quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Douglass was separated from his mother at a very young age. He did not know his father but believed he was the plantation owner.  Named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, he changed his last name to Douglass after the hero's name of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake. 
Ironically, cross burning was taken from The Lady of the Lake and portrayed in the film The Birth of a Nation. The KKK adopted the practice after the film's release. 
Photo of young black men running and playing. c 1960s Rights of Humanity quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
In 1845, Douglass published his autobiography. Because the narrative described the details of his enslavement, he was at risk of being identified and returned to slavery.  
At a friend's suggestion, he traveled to England, Ireland, and Scotland for two years. Supporters he met while abroad raised $710.96 to buy his freedom and Douglass returned to America.
Adjusted for inflation, that is $2,097,886.70 in 2016 dollars or . . . the value of 145 yrs of minimum wage hours without overtime or . . . 
less than the taxpayer cost of one Trump trip to Mar-a-Lago. 
If you want to see a running tally of the cost for Our Glorious Leader's vacations it can be found at Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago
Photo of young black boys. Civil rights march with America Flags in motgomery c 1950s America has room for all quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Douglass made alliances across racial and ideological divides. He advocated for equality and rights for women, Native American and immigrants.  
Pocahontas, Nasty Women, and Moose-lums, all at least worth a civil dialog. 
Portrait photo of two black child in uniform c 1950s Right and wrong quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
He was criticized by some of the radical abolitionists for speaking with Southerners and slave owners in an attempt to build consensus and expedite change.  
An interesting point in days of Kremlin collusion for the sake of the Russian orphans. 
Photo of a black toddler picking cotton. Early 1900s. students, boy raising his hand. Pay in religion and the lash quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Douglass considered himself Christian but distinguished between the "Christianity of Christ" and the "Christianity of America". He was particularly scathing in his comments about professed Christians who justified oppression with the Bible. 
I, for one, am relieved Christian hypocrisy is no longer an issue . . . just ask all the Christian Senators who have located Biblical verse authorizing pussy grabbing.
Photo two young black brothers. c. 1940s Slavery quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
President Lincoln conferred with Douglass on several issues including the treatment of black soldiers and moving liberated slaves out of the South. 
Douglass disagreed with the President's slow response to declare emancipation and his refusal to publically endorse suffrage for free black men.  
You know, the group of 7 million people who voted illegally this election year. 
Photo of three young black boys. Civil rights protest I can’t vote c 1950s Right to vote quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com

However, after Lincoln's assassination, Douglass delivered the keynote speech at the Emancipation Memorial in Washington's Lincoln Park. He spoke eloquently but frankly about both the President's shortcomings and strengths. 
His candor was lauded and he did not later tweet derogatory statements about President Lincoln or his family later in the night. 
Photo young black brother and sister holding hands.c 1930s Everyone needs the right to vote quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com

Douglass attended The Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention. Conflict over officially endorsing the right of women to vote sprang up when the Quakers felt endorsement was too radical. Douglass was able to sway enough delegates that the resolution was adopted.  
You know, we are talking about the other group of 7 million girl-people who voted illegally this election year. 
Photo young black child sitting in front of a store with a dog. c 1930s There is no negro problem quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Douglass was the first African American to be on a presidential election ballot. The Equal Rights Party nominated him for Vice President in 1872 but he declined the nomination.
Photo of two black kids playing basketball. c 1950s Take Power quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Douglass served under five presidents as U.S. Marshal for D.C. (1877-1881), Recorder of Deeds for D.C. (1881-1886), and Minister Resident and Consul General to Haiti (1889-1891). 
He also continued to advocate for equality and access to vote. 
You know, the liberal access that allowed 14 million people to illegally vote in 2016. 
Photo of a well dressed young black child weaering suspenders by Henri Cartier-Bresson. c. 1940s. Compromise and character quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Before this current administration can set civilization back 200 years, Douglass' motto is worth a review. 
Portrait photo of Fredrick Doublass. God is the father of us all. quote by Fredrick Douglass. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. marchmatron.com
Well said, Mr. Douglass.

#FrederickDouglass#CivilRights #NotMyPresident 
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