Freedom In Frederick Douglass's My Bondage And My Freedom

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In former United States President Lyndon Johsnon’s passage, he states “you do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, and bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, ‘you are free to compete with all the others’, and still justly believe you have been completely fair”. In this passage, Johnson is explaining that even with abolishing the slavery of Africans, African-Americans are placed in the bottom within the system, in which Whites are placed ahead to further their own success, continue being victorious, and simply prevailing in economic competition. This mechanism became a practice and social chain during and after slavery, which White-Americans use to embed in society to thrive by marginalizying African-Americans …show more content…
He expressed that his life after slavery was not much different, because as a Black man, Frederick and other African-Americans continued to serve White’s because they placed themselves on top of the ladder while Black suffer by holding that ladder for them. African-Americans have no choice because that is the only option to survive in a society where a White man placed himself fin a pedestal by profiting from marginalization and subordination, while disguising it as the notion of equality rather than practice it. In the novel, Frederick Douglass states, “The slaveholder, as well as the slave, is the victim of the slave system.” (33). Douglass deliberates that the notion of the slave master and the slave are connected in superiority conciliation under the slave system, in which culture placed the White man in charge and above the Black man. There were White men who did not want to be slaveholders such as Anthony, whom Douglass described as “might have been as humane a man, and every way as respectable, as many who now oppose the slave system” and “he seemed to take no especial pleasure in it, but acted as though he felt it to be a mean business” (33, 45). Douglass notes that Anthony, as a White man, was a type of slave to society and followed the cultural restrictions in the United States that made him a slave master. Regard Douglass mentioning the slave master treating whippings like a business because of America’s culture based on subordination. Anthony employs his dominance as a slaveholder to follow what was expected of him from a system and culture controlled by the idea of the fantasy of always being subordinate in order for Whites to only be powerful, but certainly a myth when aimed at

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