Frederick Douglass Words Translated Into Present Day

Fredrick Douglass once said

Slaves are like other people, and imbibe similar prejudices. They are apt to think their condition better than that of others. Many, under the influence of this prejudice, think their own masters are better then the masters of other slaves; and this, too, in some cases, when the very well reverse is true. Indeed, it is not uncommon for slaves even to fall out and quarrel among themselves about the relative kindness of their masters, each contending for the superior goodness of his own over the others. At the very same time, they mutually execrate their masters, when viewed separately. It was so on our plantation. When Col. Lloyd’s slaves met those of Jacob Jespon, they seldom parted without a quarrel about their masters; Col. Lloyd’s slaves contending that he was the richest, and Mr. Jespon’s slaves that he was the smartest, man of the two. Col. Lloyd’s slaves would boast his ability to whip Col. Lloyd. These quarrels would almost always end in a fight . They seemed to think that the greatness of their masters was transferable to themselves.

Today most black youth(Mental Slaves) in the ghetto (plantation) are slaves to Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Louis Vuitton etc. Not even knowing the love they have for their masters (fashion designers) are not going to translate into more money or a better living situation for them; or in the words of Fredrick Douglass. They seemed to think that the greatness of their masters was transferable to themselves

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