Thursday, July 13, 2017

Well said, Mr. Douglass

Photo of Fredrick Douglas (1818–95) circa 1850. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass.
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 young fashionable black man on Easter Sunday 1941. Pilgrim Baptist church in Chicago.
'Be not discouraged. There is a future for you. The resistance encountered now predicates hope.' Fredrick Douglas. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Well said, Mr. Douglass. 

A short history of Frederick Douglass, one of the great civil rights advocates. From slavery to
presidential advisor. Other stories of Racism and Civil Rights. Right is of no sex. Truth is of no color. God is the father of us all, and we are all brethren. #FrederickDouglass #CivilRights #NotMyPresident

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

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, his story is pretty damn amazing . . .

because a great orator and conscientious agitator would by handy right about now. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Before this current administration can set civilization back 200 years, Douglass' motto is worth a review. 

Well said, Mr. Douglass.

#FrederickDouglass#CivilRights #NotMyPresident 

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