Douglass welcomed the Civil War in 1861 as a moral crusade against slavery. During the war he labored as a propagandist of the Union cause and emancipation, a recruiter of black troops, and (on two occasions) an adviser to President Abraham Lincoln . He viewed the Union victory as an apocalyptic rebirth of America as a nation rooted in a rewritten Constitution and the ideal of racial equality. Some of his hopes were dashed during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, but he continued to travel widely and lecture on racial issues, national politics, and women’s rights. In the 1870s Douglass moved to Washington, . , where he edited a newspaper and became president of the ill-fated Freedman’s Bank. As a stalwart Republican, Douglass was appointed marshal (1877-1881) and recorder of deeds (1881-1886) for the District of Columbia, and chargé d’affaires for Santo Domingo and minister to Haiti (1889-1891).
This year we have an African-American president and a black school principal: what more positive role models could our children hope for? Yet, on cue, the posters appeared again – Louis Armstrong, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King. But this time I bit my tongue. After all, there is something wonderful about this wealth of inspiring individuals adorning the walls and I’m delighted that Athena has had the chance to learn about some of them. Her poster features Harriet Tubman, who led slaves to freedom on the underground railroad. Yet I still can’t help agreeing with the actor Morgan Freeman, who in 2005 said that black history should not be relegated to a month. “I don’t want a Black History Month,” he said. “Black history is American history.”
Your article was cited over on American Renaissance, where I first read it. As I mentioned on the discussion threat there, there is a dichotomy in the media’s treatment of race.
For every justifiable put-down of a black thug (. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, et al.) there are dozens of cases of particularly heinous black-on-White murders. Home invasions. Elderly war veterans, infants, young women, all are at risk of murder by blacks. The media is silent. The term ‘blackout’ is, indeed, apt. When there is a blackout, Whites are in mortal peril.
Yet, let a White person use a phase such as ‘Nappy Headed Hoes’, or Paula Deen allegedly call one of them by the term they use on a daily basis with each other, and the media goes Ape. In the new America, White lives are, apparently, less important than the words Whites use.