Monday, June 15, 2020

This Frederick Douglass Quote Makes THE Argument For Renaming Those Forts Named After Confederate Generals

Hat Tip: to my twitter friend, Marshall Power Locke

From Biography-Frederick Douglas: "Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery sometime around [February] 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland.  He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands on a range of causes, including women’s rights and Irish home rule. 

Among Douglass’ writings are several autobiographies eloquently describing his experiences in slavery and his life after the Civil War, including the well-known work Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave."

Frederick Douglass [Feb, 1818 - Feb. 20, 1895]
From Wikipedia: Frederick Douglass "was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens."

"Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, whether white, black, female, Native American, or Chinese immigrants.   He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, and in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution.  When radical abolitionists, under the motto "No Union with Slaveholders", criticized Douglass' willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."

In my opinion, the great patriot Frederick Douglass makes the strongest argument in favor of renaming the forts that have been named over the years after confederate generals, with this brilliant quote made on Decoration Day, 1894 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York:

"Fellow Citizens: I am not indifferent to the claims of a generous forgetfulness, but whatever else I may forget, I shall never forget the difference between those who fought for liberty and those who fought for slavery; between those who fought to save the Republic and those who fought to destroy it."

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