*Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom*

Although it can never really be measured, he may also have been, along with Mark Twain, the most widely traveled American public figure of his century…It is likely that more Americans heard Douglass speak than any other public figure of his times.  Indeed, to see or hear Douglass became a kind of wonder of the American world.  He struggled as well, with the pleasure and perils of fame as much as anyone else in his century, with the possible exceptions of General Ulysses S. Grant or P.T. Barnum.  Douglass’s dilemma with fame was a matter of decades, not merely of moments, and fraught with racism.

That is from the new David W. Blight biography of Douglass, outstanding in every way, appearing to rave reviews, and slated for the top tier of the year’s “Best of 2018” non-fiction list.


I highly recommend these two videos, nearly every clever rap line is factually backed:

Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson. Epic Rap Battles of History - Season 5

They also have a "censored" version that avoids the F-word and also may drop the lines insulting Douglass, if you can't view the above link.

Bonus trivia: the crew that did Epic Rap Battles of History was highly talented, especially in Season 5, but they never got traction and many views and dropped out of sight, shame. I especially like several of their videos, keeping them on my hard drive, like the one between Edison and Tesla, very clever, every line and even the images have historical roots (Edison danced that way in a early motion picture and wore dirty suits to work, often sleeping in his suit). The last line that Tesla utters is a triple pun ("Curse the Con Edison with every utility"--get it? ConEd, the utility).

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Original meaning of "Racism": the proposal that genetic differences explain cultural differences.
Present degenerate meaning of "Racism": a tendency to initially dislike someone due to his membership in a given genetically-defined population.
Note that Racism in the original sense of the word is an interesting and plausible proposal, while Racism in the present, degenerate sense of the word is trivial and certainly not evil.
Every use of the word "Racism" in its present, degenerate sense further nourishes the stupidest religion ever conceived -- Progressivism -- in the stupidest conceivable way. Uses of the word in this sense don't even rise to the level of cries of "Heretic!" or "Infidel!" because those cries at least indicate some attention to the content of beliefs, while the word "Racism" in its currently prevalent use merely indicates a tendency toward a certain emotional attitude.
Of course, only northwestern Europeans could have generated Progressivism, the stupidest religion ever imagined, just as only northwestern Europeans could have generated the Puritan, ultra-personal form of Christianity of which Progressivism is a vile cancerous outgrowth that now completely covers and conceals its source.
I DON'T say that Progressivism is a form of Puritanism -- it is no more a form of Puritanism than Sheila's cancer is a form of Sheila.

In which we learn random bigotry is not bad at all.

I assume an "Adjunct-Filth" it's some sort of dead end position, and now I am no longer surprised.

Adjuncts are the hired-by-the-semester losers who teach 90% of all classes in 95% of all colleges today because colleges today are run by malevolent robots like you for the purpose of producing an AI administered global zoo.
"Anonymous" is a perfect pseudonym for you, R2D2.

It would be absolutely hilarious if you thought you were at once a victim of employers and a champion of markets.

I'm sorry, I didn't even catch that. Obviously an impersonation of someone with "fifth" in their name.

Ur meaning of racism - humans do not all belong to the same race.

Which is why so many classical cultures would be completely baffled by modern American concepts of race. Such as Benjamin Franklin describing Swedes as swarthy, and wanting to keep them out of what was then British North America.

Swedes, or at least Scandinavians, would have been called a "race" in the 19th century. "Race" = "from a common "root". There are more general and more specific races.

I know one really shouldn't say such things of a Founding Father, but wasn't Franklin just being a dunderhead on that topic? Or had he met only one Swede in his life who happened to be the one swarthy Swede in North America?

It sounds more like a send-up than serious.

".. and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People?"


The ancients had no concept of "race" as that term has been used in the modern error. They thought in term of ethnicity, which is at least a partly cultural term closely connected to language use.

By the way Doctor Who was a pretty wild ride last night. Not only did they show the overt racism of 1950s America, they showed how the most animated racists in that world were downright mean.

I wonder if our narrative actually has shifted too much toward a fairytale of gentle discrimination.

"I wonder if our narrative actually has shifted too much toward a fairytale of gentle discrimination."

LOL, no the discrimination / racism / sexism in the 1950's was very real. Though it was on the decline at that point from the worse behaviors of early decades. The fairy tale is that publicly acceptable behaviors today are remotely in the same class as the behavior from 60 years ago.

The sad thing is that he probably doesn't even realize what he did there.

No, the sad thing is you can't manage a factual rebuttal, so you resort to vague innuendos.

A factual response to a guy who LOLs in a pain of racism thread?

A guy who jumps in to minimize current racism by comparing it to the 1950s, but not stopping there, seeks to minimize racism in the 1950s by comparing it to a 1930s?


How is that 'minimizing current racism'. It's not racist to note that racism used to be much worse. Sheesh.

No, I agree with anon. Racism is just as bad now as it's ever been in this country. Just look at how Barack Obama only won 40% of the white vote in 2012.

I didn't say that, but if you are coming from a specific direction it is important that you pretend I did.

I mean big picture, why are all of you picking differences with me, rather than Mr. Bias Is Fine(*) above?

Accidentally or on purpose you create a binding. Given racist and anti-racist comments on the same page, you choose to be anti-anti-racist.


* - "while Racism in the present, degenerate sense of the word is trivial and certainly not evil."

Your question answers itself. If people are disagreeing with you, it's because they're racists. If you yourself are not racist, and I don't think you are, then anyone who disagrees with you on the subject must by definition be a racist.

Hey Leonard, you could have come in with "yeah, I heard that BBC episode was great."

I don't listen to the BBC. Too right wing.

You know you could have avoided sounding petulant, by just agreeing with my comment and then adding: "But racism is still a serious issue."

I would have agreed with you. Everyone else would have agreed with you. We might have had a productive discussion on the issue. But instead, you insist that only your Point of View is correct and every other PoV is wrong and must be denounced.

And you came in with LOL, because the important thing when discussing racism is to laugh at people who think it's a serious issue.

No, the important thing is to laugh at you and your snide smugness.

Racism is a serious issue, but your comments were more about a childish attempt to establish yourself as morally superior to others than any genuine discussion of the topic.

Mr. Bias Is Fine explicitly lays out that binding above:

"Every use of the word "Racism" in its present, degenerate sense further nourishes the stupidest religion ever conceived -- Progressivism -- in the stupidest conceivable way."

He is saying you must oppose mentions of racism because those mentions support Progressive politics.

I guess implicitly you are buying in to that through your actions.

(Trumpism is basically solving for that equilibrium.)

In the words of Frederick Douglass:
"In like manner, we answer those who are perpetually puzzling their brains with questions as to what shall be done with the Negro, “let him alone and mind your own business.” If you see him plowing in the open field, leveling the forest, at work with the spade, a rake a hoe, a pick-axe, or a bill — let him alone; he has a right to work. If you see him on his way to school, with spelling book, geography and arithmetic in his hands — let him alone. Don’t shut the door in his face, nor bolt your gates against him; he has a right to learn — let him alone. Don’t pass laws to degrade him. If he has a ballot in his hand, and is on his way to the ballot-box to deposit his vote for the man whom he think will most justly and wisely administer the Government which has the power of life and death over him, as well as others — let him alone; his right of choice as much deserves respect and protection as your own. If you see him on his way to the church, exercising religious liberty in accordance with this or that religious persuasion — let him alone. –Don’t meddle with him, nor trouble yourselves with any questions as to what shall be done with him."

You academics are easily impressed.

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