Slavery, By F. Scott Douglass Essay

1358 Words Oct 31st, 2016 6 Pages
Slavery, at its very core, is cowardly. As I am reading, I am trying to understand what gives certain people the mindset that someone is less human than they. Men that feel the need to overpower others based on the color of their skin is atrocious and weak. When humans bleed, as all the slaves are very well aware of this due to beatings, whippings, and gashes, they all bleed red. Humans all feel pain. The color of someone 's skin has zero affect on their abilities, knowledge capacity, or emotional well being. Douglass gives very descriptive events of his life that all contribute to this man longing for one simple concept for all: freedom.
When Douglass was younger, he was eager to learn more when he had his first taste of what it was like to read and write while living with Mrs. Auld. Douglass appreciated what she taught him, but her husband thought it unwise to teach a slave to read and write. Mr. Auld proclaimed that it would become dangerous if a slave is able to fluently read and write because slaves would think more highly of themselves than their masters. Douglass was forbidden to further evolve his passion for an education, so he becomes rebellious to the idea that he is not worthy of such a wonderful thing. He takes every opportunity to read the newspaper when the family is away. When the family’s son brings home writing books from school he uses the blank pages to write. Anytime Douglass had a question about a subject he consulted with his group of younger white…

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