Frederick Douglass Hypocrisy

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be, either from his own knowledge or the information of others, of such unlawful assemblage, &e., may issue his warrant, directed to any sworn officer or officers, authorizing him or them to enter the house or houses where such unlawful assemblages, &e., may be, for the purpose of apprehending or dispersing such slaves, and to inflict corporal punishment on the offender or offenders, at the discretion of any justice of the peace, not exceeding twenty lashes.” (Goodell, 320-321)
African-American abolitionist David Walker wrote Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World in September 28th, 1829. In the Appeal, Walker, who identified as a Christian, spoke against the oppression and addressed the hypocrisy of – “born-again Christians” – slave masters
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To even justify his cruel actions against his slaves, he quoted “He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.” (Douglass, 48) According to Douglass, the slave masters that made profession of religion were the worst. Douglass discussed the differences he realized between the Christianity of Christ versus the Christianity of this land. The slave owners’ Christianity of this land believed they had “God-given” rights to have and mistreat the slaves. “That religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes, - a justifier of the most appalling barbarity, - a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds, - and a dark shelter under, which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection,” (Douglas, 67) In the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Mark Twain wasn’t aware of the severity of slavery. He said, “…I had no aversion to slavery. I was not aware that there was anything wrong about it. No one arraigned it in my hearing; the local papers said nothing against it; the local pulpit taught us that God approved it, that it was a holy thing, and that the doubter need only look in the Bible if he wished to settle his mind – and then the texts were read aloud to us to make the matter sure…” (Twain,
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