'What shall we do with the Negro?'


A Great Black Man

Larken Rose

"The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”  [Frederick Douglass]


Larken Rose

July 10, 2008 - The following started as a private e-mail to someone on my list, but I decided to post it to the list (with modifications).

Having spent a year in prison, where eighty-some percent of the prisoners were black, and were there for victimless crimes (an oxymoron), I marvel at how many obsessed about racism more than they talked about what a huge scam the "war on drugs" is!  A bunch of politicians made up a "crime," created a huge, lucrative black market around it, destroyed the free market and built a welfare state, and then locked up a MILLION people (most of them black) for supporting themselves with mutually voluntary trade.  And the victims of that are still more concerned about whether some white folk might secretly not like them?!  It's amazing, in a really sad way.

Unfortunately, history shows that demographic groups who have been subjected to huge injustices (like slavery) are very susceptible to "justice via government" scams.  It's just too tempting for people to think that the world owes them something, and so much more difficult to think, "Whether or not the world likes me, and whether life is fair or not, I have to be the one to achieve what I want."  While inside I read the biography of Frederick Douglass.  Now THAT was a great black man.  Sadly, one guy I met on the inside  --  nice, decent guy put in a cage for five years for selling some leaves  --  went to a school named after Frederick Douglass, but had no idea who the guy was.  So I showed him this quote.  (Imagine any "black leader" today saying this):

"Everybody has asked the question:  'What shall we do with the Negro?'  I have had but one answer from the beginning.  Do nothing with us!  Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.  Do nothing with us!  If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall!  I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature's plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall.  And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also.  All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs!  Let him alone!"
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

How many so-called "black leaders" today would have the spine to state what Douglass, a former SLAVE, put so bluntly?:  "your interference is doing positive injury!"  Reading his writings, I was stunned that anyone with his upbringing, raised to be a SLAVE, managed to free first his MIND, and then his body, from that oppression.  But he did, even while most of his fellow slaves accepted their slavery as proper and natural, and saw as BAD any slave who would try to escape.  Douglass was even insightful enough to recognize that what was essentially an "income tax"  --  his master eventually letting him keep a percentage of his efforts--was MORE insulting than outright slavery, because it gave the false appearance of some scrap of freedom, without diminishing the reality of slavery at all.  Yes, a former SLAVE was more offended at an "income tax" than he was at being openly enslaved.  How many public school students in this country do you think have ever heard about THAT?

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