Are Blacks Inferior Blacks Whites? Essay

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Are Blacks Inferior to Whites? Frederick Douglass had extremely hard battles for any black man, but he had to stand up for blacks and their rights against one of the most influential people of all time in Thomas Jefferson. He once said, “…It appears to me that in memory they (blacks) are equal to the whites; in reason much inferior . . . and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, anomalous . . . I advance it therefore as a suspicion only . . . that the blacks . . . are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.” Contrary to what Thomas Jefferson said, Frederick Douglass shows that skin color is just a difference in the eyes, but in reality it has nothing to do with what’s on the inside. Douglass proves that blacks are not inferior to whites by using his self-gained intelligence and by showing that fear, self-motivation, and unity are defining characteristics of humanity, regardless of race.
Blacks intelligence levels were just as impressive as whites, but white slaveholders blocked every chance they got, and they made sure to keep a substantial gap. In the book, Mr. Auld says, “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master- to do as he is told to do…” (44). The slaveholders knew that blacks could learn very well, but were very afraid of this. They wanted to preserve slaves as long as they could because they knew the day would could when they couldn’t have slaves anymore because they would…

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