Saturday, January 14, 2012

Frederick Douglass on Barack Obama

128 years ago, Frederick Douglass provided the explanation for why people are so hard on President Obama. The quote below is worth remembering next time we are invited to pile on.

"Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice."

Frederick Douglass

September 25, 1883


AeonFluxion said...

"I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress."

-Frederick Douglass

Anonymous said...

As Aeon stated--he was a Republican and I have never seen such a misuse of a great mans words as this. Typical democrat rhetoric...

Brad Shaw said...

This is the most backasswards comic I've ever seen! Obama and Douglas were NOTHING alike! SHAME!