Frederick Douglass – Unite With Anybody To Do Right
Frederick Douglass escaped the horrors of slavery and fled to the north. He of all people had every cause and reason to bear the greatest anger and resentment towards the slaveholders.
Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, whether white, black, female, Native American, or Chinese immigrants.
He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, and in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution.
When radical abolitionists, under the motto “No Union with Slaveholders”, criticized Douglass’ willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
After being somebody’s prisoner, it must have taken tremendous strength and fortitude to find the courage to engage in peaceful dialogue aimed towards reform.
Watching the needless destruction and chaos that has erupted brings great sorrow to our exalted nation.
As one of my partners and I have been asked to draft a concept for a television special that might come together very quickly, we have spent the last 48 hours brainstorming on how global influencers might come together with the desire to heal America. I wonder what Frederick Douglass would do with that opportunity.
I believe that the only option for America is inclusion. Our great country is made up of a tapestry of remarkable people of all cultures who collectively make us greater than any other country in the world. I hope that enlightened education will bring some of the necessary change required to help people move past this horrible chapter. And collectively rise up to a much higher level of consciousness.
I’m following Douglass’ lead, trying to stay open to dialogue with opposite perspective with an open mind that perhaps both parties are bringing validity to the discussion. This is not always easy, but it is certainly necessary to achieving a higher state of equilibrium going forward.
I am praying for a peaceful, uneventful weekend.?❤️?
QUESTION FOR TODAY: What program do you think Frederick Douglass would implement if he were alive today?
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A battle lost or won is easily described, understood and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it. – Frederick Douglass
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