Racism According To Frederick Douglass's Views Of Slavery By Frederick Douglass

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The Truth About Racism Slavery can be defined as many things. Some people might say it means enslavement to somebody or something. Others might say it’s the practice of owning slaves. But according to Frederick Douglass slavery was much more than that. Slavery was probably the biggest theme throughout his entire narrative. Douglass mentions his view on slavery, racism, and discrimination many times throughout his writing. Discrimination, racism, and slavery still exists to this day, even though there are laws now banishing slavery it still exists. On page nineteen of Douglass’s narrative he says, “The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege.” Douglass mentions discrimination at this moment …show more content…
What he meant when he said this was that he didn’t know why he couldn’t know how old he was. Since he was a kid he didn’t understand what was going around him at the moment. This brings up the point of discrimination in our present time. A fine example of discrimination in real life is the discrimination of police officers to african americans. The definition of discrimination, according to Google, is, “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, sex.” Using this information you can see how what Douglass said is discrimination. Another important theme Douglass mentions is racism. On page forty-eight Douglass says, "Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now," said he, "if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and

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