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  • Teacher disciplined: Told students to write 'fun' slave song [MD]

    12/14/2016 11:29:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2016 11:57 AM EST
    A Maryland high school teacher has been disciplined after encouraging students to “have fun” writing a slave song for an assignment as part of a lesson on abolitionist Frederick Douglass. […] Principal Andrew Cockley wrote in an email to parents Dec. 7 that the assignment was linked to a lesson on “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” Cockley says the activity was culturally insensitive. …
  • “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

    07/05/2015 11:00:24 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 26 replies
    Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings ^ | July 5, 1852 | Frederick Douglass
    “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852 Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know...
  • 'Few fights' bring cops running to school riot

    02/16/2014 7:13:07 AM PST · by Anila · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 02/13/14 | Colin Flaherty
    100 in black mob found destroying property and attacking people These are supposed to be the good kids. The ones supposed to be impressed with the legacy of their high school’s namesake: Frederick Douglass. They wear uniforms. They have a strict code of conduct. They prepare for college. They are black. And this week, they are the ones rioting at Frederick Douglass high school and junior high in Rochester. Maybe the students don’t know the story of Frederick Douglass: How it was against the law for a slave to learn to read or get any kind of education. How he...
  • The Slavery Party, by Frederick Douglass

    12/09/2013 10:07:43 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    Original Sources | May, 1853 | Frederick Douglass
    The Slavery Party(title reference) The Slavery Party, full text, from a larger untitled speech. May, 1853. MR. PRESIDENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: The resolution upon which I propose to make a few remarks respects the present condition and the future prospects of the whole colored people of the United States. The subject is a great one, and opens ample scope for thought and feeling. I feel a diffidence in undertaking its consideration for two causes: first, my own incompetence to do it justice; and the second is, the peculiar relation subsisting between me and the audience I am to address. Sir,...
  • Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago

    09/04/2013 5:10:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    History Channel ^ | September 3, 2013 | Christopher Klein
    On September 3, 1838, Frederick Bailey undertook the riskiest journey of his life. The 20-year-old slave made a daring escape from his master in Baltimore, and with his newfound freedom came a new name -- Frederick Douglass... After Douglass’ attempt to escape slavery two years prior was betrayed by a fellow slave, he had been jailed, sent to Baltimore by his master and hired out to work in the city’s shipyards. Undeterred, Douglass vowed to try to escape again on September 3, 1838, although he knew the risk. "I felt assured that if I failed in this attempt, my case...
  • Rich Lowry on Frederick Douglass

    07/04/2013 8:46:58 AM PDT · by National Review · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | July 4, 2013 | National Review
    Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Man The former slave reminds us of our July Fourth task: “Cling to this day.” By Rich Lowry Frederick Douglass gave one of the great July Fourth orations in American history. Speaking in Rochester, N.Y., in 1852, he hailed the accomplishments and ideals of the Founders, before denouncing the nation’s departures from the faith of the Declaration of Independence with the righteousness and fury of an Old Testament prophet.
  • Black Leaders Praise NRA for Saving Them (video)

    05/11/2013 12:49:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 10, 2013 | NA
    DAFRUSA: The Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) hosted a group of prominent figures from the African American community at the National Press Club to speak out against gun control legislation currently being considered on Capitol Hill. --snip-- The news conference is to rally behind the tradition of former slave and great American orator Frederick Douglass who said, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box."
  • Detroiters pledge uprising during state takeover: ‘Make sure you are prepared and you will survive’

    03/15/2013 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 179 replies
    Councilman Kwame Kenyatta and a packed room of Detroiters warned today of an impending revolt against state intervention, urging residents to stock up on canned food and supplies. “Even the Bloods in the hood fight for their territory,” Kenyatta said during a 20-minute monologue on the civil rights struggle at today’s city council meeting. “You are going to have to drag me out of here for me to leave.” Kenyatta cited Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an intellectual and civil rights icon, because of his position that black people must sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to win freedom...
  • Does the Republican Party Have a Future?

    02/11/2013 4:20:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | Star Parker
    The United States, from day one, was a project about principles and ideals. The super power that emerged and grew from the handful of colonists that began settling here was not the product of where those colonists happened to land, but the ideals and principles in their head and heart – applied in how they lived their lives. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to address one great blot on the nation’s founding legacy – the existence of slavery in a nation founded under the ideal of freedom under God. Runaway slave and self-educated abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass said...
  • Obama to Spin Amnesty as his "Emancipation Proclamation"

    06/25/2012 7:35:03 PM PDT · by publius321 · 22 replies
    "...An “emancipation proclamation” is how he will have his servants such as Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory spin this recent declaration. They are working tirelessly at NBC; just last week they had another of their weekend anchor/propagandists actually comparing Jeremiah Wright to FREDERICK DOUGLASS! So what is his "end game"? Why does he continue to methodically manufacture these specious Lincoln "equivalencies"? When observed within the context of his agenda, this could reasonably be interpreted as ANOTHER part of the equation to eventually force secession and foment civil war..."
  • K. Carl Smith Promotes 'Frederick Douglass Republicans'

    06/07/2012 3:46:09 PM PDT · by keep your powder dry · 8 replies
    K Carl Smith, The Conservative Messenger, Promoting a new kind of 'FDR':
  • Republicans, Let us Honor Abraham Lincoln Today

    09/15/2003 6:37:23 AM PDT · by republicanwizard · 155 replies · 876+ views
    National Park Service ^ | 9/15/2003 | RepublianWizard
    Third Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Jonesboro, Illinois September 15, 1858 MR. DOUGLAS' SPEECH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: I appear before you today in pursuance of a previous notice, and have made arrangements with Mr. Lincoln to divide time, and discuss with him the leading political topics that now agitate the country. Prior to 1854 this country was divided into two great political parties known as Whig and Democratic. These parties differed from each other on certain questions which were then deemed to be important to the best interests of the Republic. Whig and Democrats differed about a bank, the...
  • Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, Republicans

    08/10/2010 5:52:22 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 50 replies
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | August 10, 2010 | Michael Zak
    On this day in 1863, Frederick Douglass (R-MD) met with President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) for the first time. Senator Samuel Pomeroy (R-KS) escorted Douglass to the War Department building. On arrival, Douglass urged Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to allow equal pay for African-American soldiers in the U.S. Army. Though sympathetic, Stanton said that would require congressional approval, which he supported. Next, Douglass was introduced to the president at the White House. Lincoln stood and shook his hand "just as you have seen one gentleman receive another," Douglass later recounted. "I at once felt myself in the present of an...
  • A Word of Thanks to Four Black Men and A Gun

    07/22/2010 6:11:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies · 2+ views
    pileusblog ^ | 15 July, 2010 | Marcus Cole
    As an American, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to many, many people who have risked and given their lives to defend our liberty. But as I reflect on the recent Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, I thought I should take a moment to mention four Americans who have made a relatively uncelebrated contribution to the freedom I cherish and enjoy. I owe a special debt to four black men, and one gun. The most important of these men, to me, was my father. When I was a boy, he and my mother moved our...
  • Frederick Douglass Republicans

    03/24/2010 6:31:43 AM PDT · by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch · 8 replies · 373+ views
    I'm not quite sure how to post this item, but I heard the founder of this organization on the radio a few weeks back. I think he's extremely effective.
  • The Meaning of the 4th of July to the American Father

    07/02/2007 10:30:10 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 229+ views ^ | 7/2/07 | Glenn Sacks
    "What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud,...
  • In Douglass Tribute, Slave Folklore and Fact Collide

    01/23/2007 6:46:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,096+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 23, 2007 | NOAM COHEN
    At the northwest corner of Central Park, construction is under way on Frederick Douglass Circle, a $15.5 million project honoring the escaped slave who became a world-renowned orator and abolitionist. Beneath an eight-foot-tall sculpture of Douglass, the plans call for a huge quilt in granite, an array of squares, a symbol in each, supposedly part of a secret code sewn into family quilts and used along the Underground Railroad to aid slaves. Two plaques would explain this. The only problem: According to many prominent historians, the secret code — the subject of a popular book that has been featured on...
  • Hypocrisy Cropps up on Council

    12/17/2004 4:44:05 AM PST · by 7thson · 15 replies · 589+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2004 | Tom Knott
    Linda W. Cropp, the newly fashioned woman of the people, is drawing kudos from certain corners of the city, which is understandable. That is not the work of a populist. That is just another politician motivated by self-interests.
  • Douglass statue deserves display at Easton courthouse

    02/12/2004 11:16:05 AM PST · by Rebeleye · 3 replies · 282+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 11 Feb 2004 | Gregory Kane
    ...a county councilman in Talbot County, (Thomas G.) Duncan has a problem with a statue of Talbot County's most famous resident...Frederick Douglass, being placed on the courthouse lawn in Easton. That honor, Duncan feels, should only be for those who served in the armed forces, even "The Talbot Boys," who fought for the Confederacy..It's at this point that Duncan needs to run it by me again. A statue paying tribute to "The Talbot Boys" stands on the courthouse lawn. They most assuredly did not "serve their country." The country they served was the Confederate States of America - Maryland was...
  • The Douglass Debate

    02/12/2004 10:34:37 AM PST · by Rebeleye · 5 replies · 233+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 11 Feb 2004 | Editorial
    ...Frederick Douglass is still a controversial figure in his native Talbot County. Plans to erect a statue of him in Easton, the county seat, have been stymied...the County Council oppose putting a Douglass memorial on the courthouse green. Because they believe the site should be reserved to honor war dead. A Vietnam War memorial and a tribute to the county's Confederate Army veterans. The existence of that second statue alone gives reason enough for a Douglass tribute. What are Talbot County visitors to think -- that the county more closely sympathizes with the goals of the Confederacy than with the...
  • Plans to honor abolitionist [Douglass] prove divisive in Talbot Co.[, MD]

    02/09/2004 4:06:51 AM PST · by foreverfree · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/9/04 | Chris Guy
    [snip]EASTON - The lawn of the county courthouse boasts a monument to Vietnam veterans and a statue honoring "The Talbot Boys," heroes of the Confederacy. Now, sponsors of a memorial to the county's most illustrious native, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, have been told that he does not qualify for a similar honor - because he was not a soldier. Supporters in the Colonial capital of the Eastern Shore see the courthouse, a political hub since before Douglass was born nearby in 1818, as the only worthy site for his tribute. The jail where, as a young man, Douglass was held...
  • Plan to honor abolitionist causes rift in Talbot County (Frederick Douglass)

    02/09/2004 12:18:08 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 173+ views
    Plan to honor abolitionist causes rift in Talbot County Easton - Supporters of a plan to build a statue honoring abolitionist Frederick Douglass are angry that Talbot County Council has shelved the proposal. Douglass was born in the area in 1818 and sponsors of the memorial want to build the statue on the lawn at the county courthouse. But some council members say the lawn is traditionally reserved for monuments to the county's war heroes -- including those who fought for the Confederacy. The council members suggest that the library or a park might be a better place for...
  • House to Pass $1M Renovation of Frederick Douglass Home; Delivers on Speaker Hastert's Commitment

    07/17/2003 6:40:08 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 213+ views
    House to Pass $1M Renovation of Frederick Douglass Home; Delivers on Speaker Hastert's Commitment to Advance African American History 7/17/03 5:37:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Pete Jeffries or Charles Chamberlayne, 202-225-2800; both of the Office of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert WASHINGTON, July 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The history of an African American icon is one step closer to being preserved. Tonight, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass a nearly million dollar funding measure, championed by Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), to help complete restoration of the Frederick Douglass National Historical Site in...
  • Black Conservatives

    07/04/2003 5:49:28 PM PDT · by Mn. Black Republican Coalition · 11 replies · 1,126+ views
    January 02, 2003: Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Douglas. ALL BLACK CONSERVATIVES Was Malcolm X a political conservative? Martin Luther King, Jr.? How about Frederick Douglass? They were all "conservatives" based on a contemporary definition of political conservatism being misapplied to some "African-Americans." "Many so called 'black conservatives' receive the label simply because they believe in self-help," said Sherri Smith, assistant professor of communication arts at UAH. "They don't say the system or the government should take care of everyone. Thus, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others are erroneously labeled black conservatives." Smith has...
  • Mugging Frederick Douglass: Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas as "Uncle Tom"

    07/04/2003 7:17:47 AM PDT · by rface · 7 replies · 374+ views
    page A15 of the Boston Globe ^ | 7/4/2003 | Derrick Z. Jackson
    <p>IN HIS DRIVE-BY shootings of black progress, Clarence Thomas speeds away, spitting at his victims and spewing quotations that stun the onlookers as much as the original attack. No other thug commits black-on-black crime in the name of Frederick Douglass.</p>
  • "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro"

    07/03/2003 5:16:46 PM PDT · by ArcLight · 85 replies · 4,638+ views
    PBS Africans in America Web site ^ | 1852 | Frederick Douglass
    Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too ‹ great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men. The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and...
  • Destroying black youth

    07/01/2003 11:22:27 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 114 replies · 1,102+ views ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2003 | Walter Williams
    In last week's U.S. Supreme Court's affirmative action decision, Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent included a quotation from an 1865 speech by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. "What I ask for the Negro," Douglass said, "is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. ... All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! ... Your interference is doing him positive injury." Forget how the majority used the phrase "compelling state interest" to trump the 14th Amendment's requirement of equal treatment under the law and give continued sanction to racial discrimination. Let's examine some...
  • Thomas distorts Douglass' speech

    07/01/2003 1:48:27 PM PDT · by TheDon · 19 replies · 635+ views
    USA TODAY - Op Ed ^ | July 1, 2003 | DeWayne Wickham
    DeWayne Wickham It's not just Clarence Thomas (news - web sites)' using a quote from Frederick Douglass as the anchor for his dissent to the Supreme Court's decision in the University of Michigan Law School case that bothers me. As misleading as it was for the conservative black jurist to try to align his opposition to affirmative action with the thinking of Douglass, the 19th century abolitionist, it was the words he dropped from the 138-year-old passage that show the flaw in his thinking; that outrages me. In an 1865 speech he gave to the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Douglass offered...
  • Clarence Thomas Hides Behind Frederick Douglass Quotes (Barf-o-Matic)

    06/30/2003 3:24:22 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 5 replies · 760+ views
    Clarence Thomas Hides Behind Frederick Douglass Quotes by Artelia C. Covington NNPA National Correspondent Originally posted 6/25/2003 WASHINGTON (NNPA)—When one thinks about Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist, several familiar quotes come to mind. “Without a struggle, there can be no progress,” is one. Another is: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” And there’s this one, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are the men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lighting.” However,...
  • Frederick Douglass could treat the antiwar celebs suffering Stockholm Syndrome

    03/27/2003 5:06:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 27, 2003 | Larry Elder
    Frederick Douglass, the great abolitionist, born a slave, once offered a lesson in patriotism. In 1859, he fled for his life, accused erroneously of participating in the raid on Harper's Ferry, along with John Brown. Director-producer-writer Ron Maxwell ("Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals") notes that, in 1860, Douglass spoke in Glasgow, Scotland, where, prior to his address, a radical antislavery leader delivered a scathing attack not just on slavery, but on all things American. Despite his experience of brutality and dehumanization, Douglass, nevertheless, criticized the previous speaker. "He who stands before a British audience to denounce anything peculiarly American in...
  • Frederick Douglass on Adam Smith

    07/26/2002 6:24:35 AM PDT · by Austin Willard Wright · 4 replies · 265+ views
    Frederick Douglass, "A Friendly World to Maryland: An Address Delivered in Baltimore, Maryland, o | 1864 | Frederick Douglass
    "The old doctrine that the slavery of the black, is essential to the freedom of the white race, can maintain itself only in the presence of slavery, where interest and prejudice are the controlling powers, but it stands condemned equally by reason and experience. The statesmanship of today condemns and repudiates it as a shallow pretext for oppression. It belongs with the commercial fallacies exposed long ago by Adam Smith. It stands on a level with the contemptible notion, that every crumb of bread that goes into another man's mouth, is just so much bread taken from mine." Frederick Douglass,...