Skip to comments.Black Teen Run Off the Liberal Plantation
Posted on 05/02/2012 2:05:05 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome
Ms. Williams struggled with the initial part of the assignment. She found it difficult to encounter some of the vocabulary used by Douglass. Exasperated at being unprepared to confront the text, she sought definition to that which she did not comprehend. Once she became satisfied that she grasped Douglass's use of the language, she understood what Douglass was describing. She was struck by comparisons between her life and Douglass's characterizations of the plantation overseers and masters and mistresses who denied him knowledge for fear of his becoming aware of his humanity.
In her essay, Ms. Williams drew a parallel between what she saw as a group of self-satisfied "white teachers" overseeing dysfunctional students (characterized by Ms. Williams as "so-called 'unteachable'" students) who were not being properly taught, illiterate and perpetually ignorant. This she considers a form of slavery. Ms. Williams quoted an arresting passage from Douglass's description of one of his masters, a Mr. Auld, happening upon his wife instructing Douglass in basic reading:
If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him. It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.
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Excellent article. Please post more.
Glenn Beck devoted a couple segments of his TV News show to this outrage.
I wasn't aware of that. If you've a link convenient, that would be great. Otherwise, thanks for bringing it up, and I'll find it.
Frederick Douglass Republican Bump
FDR.... it’s not who you think ; )
May God guide our course.
I have maintained for years that those who have attained a good education, in public schools, did so despite the best efforts of the public school system.
Teachers should be ashamed for focusing children’s mind on the terrors of history and not permitting them to form their hopes and dreams in the time they are living. It’s like trying to drive the car while looking out the back window. No wonder they crash and burn.
Thanks! You would know, of course. ;)
American Thinker produces some top-notch editorials.