Friday, February 15, 2008
I thought that with the current political climate it is worth reaching back to one of our greatest Americans for perspective and clarity about this republic and African Americans place within it.
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
They want rain without thunder and lightning
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters...
This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one;
or it may be both moral and physical;
but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand
It never has and it never will
find out what a people will submit to,
and you have found out the exact amount of injustice
and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and
these will continue until they are resisted
with either words or blows, or with both...
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the
endurance of those who they oppress."
-Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857
Posted by negrointellectual at 4:27 PM