Title: Frederick Douglass. Identity Is One Of The Most

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Title: Frederick Douglass Identity is one of the most powerful things that we have in our blood. We can have royal blood, white blood, black blood or indigenous blood. What does it matter? We all are human beings. The question is why are we still fighting about slavery, racism or discriminating about someone else’s status? Frederick Douglass shows us how white slaveholders perpetuated slavery by keeping their slaves ignorant. He wrote that they believed that blacks were inherently incapable of participating in civil society and thus should be kept as workers for white people. Although reading about Frederick Douglass helped me to understand the conflict we now face, it makes me sick living in this world we have created. “Slavery was a…show more content…
This is an announcement by Douglas where she denotes his mother. This exhibit an extreme poor character of so called slave holders and owners. People should have the right to live free and make a decent living freely. Personally, I detest the system that many victims have fallen into. One of the most important ways slaves were kept in bondage was not simply the threat of physical brutality; rather, it was through deep and sustained ignorance. Slaves were not allowed to read and write and were thus generally not aware of the events outside of the plantation. They could not communicate with each other well to form a rebellion or conduct escape plans, and could not attain the sense of self-sufficiency and pride that came from being lettered. Literacy brought with it an understanding of the larger world. It opened up before a slave the idea of justice and an understanding of history. Reading the Bible led to a truer comprehension of Christianity. Douglass was able to first engage with abolitionism when he attained literacy. He also became fully aware of the reality of slavery; he wrote "[Literacy] had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity." Ignorance was thus a way for
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