Frederick Douglass Reflection Paper

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With little experience and with less learning, I have been able to throw my thoughts hastily and imperfectly together; and trusting to your patient and generous indulgence, I will proceed to lay them before you. Frederick Douglass, What to a slave is the fourth of July. I thought what better way to start this paper then with a quote from Mr. Douglass, who states it best. I was astonished and amaze at what great strides and strength Mr. Douglass took to stand before a crowd of white men and women and address them about a day that signifies “freedom for them,” and to let them know what it means to the black community. With his words he would be able to remind them that they are a new nation that has made mistakes, as child does in their early …show more content…
Woodson in the Mis-Education of the Negro. To see how a book printed in the 30s still has a reflection on us today. How we have not been educated to our capabilities because in my opinion we are not seen as equals. From our class lecture I was to inform everyone on two inventors, and inventions, achievement, and about their story. It amazed me the amount of inventors that we have that has had a great impact on our lives even today, and we are not educated about them. Every year for Black History Month, I feel as if the same people are recognize. As though we are limited to the few that are mention for their achievements. The "educated Negroes" have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own as well as in their mixed schools Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton and to despise the African. Of the hundreds of Negro high schools recently examined by an expert in the United States Bureau of Education only eighteen offer a course taking up the history of the Negro,” This is where the education in our schools are lacking, not only for our children, but all Americans. It still amazes me how we can tell you about the history of China, the Jewish Holocaust, even the German Nazis, but I was unaware that a black woman by the name of Valerie Thomas invented the illusion transmitter that allows us to have 3D imaging that is use in almost everything we use today. If you are not one …show more content…
The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.” Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro. When I read this excerpt I thought of the video that was shown in class by Lupe Fiasco, Bitch Bad. Why is that we feel that we cannot be better than what society see us as. We have to same opportunities that our counterparts, but we fail to utilize it. You asked “why do you think he put the black face in the video?” I felt that he wanted to show that even though the rapper and model disagreed with how they were being portrayed, that to make a dollar they put on a mask and put on a show. That these individuals could not see that they can be more than the box that they have been placed in. We have achieved so much but cannot see it, because we cannot get passed the past. We are not inferior. Instead of talking it is now a call to action. We must stand up and give a round of applause to people like President Obama, for being the first African American president, which in my opinion the White Democrats of the past would not have ever thought to be a possibility. Reconstruction is what they wanted, by allowing the Ku Klux Klan, to prevent any of the Negroes to enter office, or make changes. Voting was to be controlled, which goes against the election process. What is the purpose of a vote, if you are told

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