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– Frederick Douglass
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Today, our efforts and the efforts of many other modern abolitionists and antiracists are sprawled throughout the internet. The Douglass Mind Blog is meant to give voice to you for expanding ideas on antiracism and abolitionism. On this page, we will also keep you up-to-date with our initiatives, press releases, and general news about racism and human trafficking.
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(Pictured: Konttessa C., Age 19, Rochester, NY) Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. – The U.S....
(Pictured: Giovan M., Age 18, West Henrietta, NY) When we uphold Frederick Douglass’s view that racism is a “moral disorder” instead of just an abstract phenomenon, it becomes easier for us to understand why current, good-intentioned measures to mitigate racial...
(Pictured: Bakari W., Age 21, Washington, D.C.) We can conceptualize the disease of American racism in two ways: as a pandemic affecting a population of individuals, or as a sickness infecting the collective body of the country. These two lenses call for two...
(Pictured: Eamon C., Age 13, Rochester, NY) “There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America - there is the United States of America.” - Barack Obama, 2004 I believe racism is a problem that we must work together to solve. Racism...
When I was in first grade, we made paper plate versions of Christopher Columbus’ face. And every year of elementary school we did the same thing. Christopher Columbus out of toilet paper rolls, Christopher Columbus out of popsicle sticks. Not once did they ever teach...
Photo Courtesy of CNS/Jeenah Moon, Reuters “Disease is cured by the right use of remedies,” Frederick Douglass wrote in “The Color Line.” To heal a disease, we must study its causes, symptoms, and possible treatments. It is necessary to speak of racial inequality and...
(Photo from https://iwda.org.au/...) Close your eyes. Imagine a society where children, white, brown, black, Asian, Mexican, LGBTQ, girls, boys, Jewish, Muslim, some with disabilities, some without, play on their school playground together. No bullying, teasing, or...
Racism Remedies from Within the Human Body: The NEED for Healthy Bones – by Alana K., Age 20, Rochester, NY
Photo Courtesy of Jamie Germano – @jgermano1 Cultivating Una Persona Educada: A Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Vision of Education states that “Knowledge is neither exterior nor interior: it is simultaneously exterior and interior.” Meaning, the cure for a disease...
Photo Courtesy of Nam Y. Huh Rooted prejudice does well to unleash cascades of harm to all those unfortunate enough to be near the splash zone. Racial prejudice is a complex disease to cure. One that’ll take variable time and infinite patience to nurture away. Because...
(Photo from https://blogs.edweek.org/...) It is ironic that it required the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19 to bring awareness to the festering pandemic of discrimination and prejudice against the Black community. As Frederick Douglass said, “Racism is a disease.”...
On July 4th, 2020, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives hosted a live webcast to discuss ideas to remedy “the disease of racism” in our country. Please click the play button to learn more about Douglass’s famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” and hear from Douglass descendants, young orators, award-winning bloggers, a gospel singer, and young activists. We also hosted the world premiere of a song from the new Douglass musical, American Prophet. Check out the event. We know you will be inspired!
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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives in the News
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) joins with the Greater Rochester NY Black Agenda Group which, on Tuesday (April 28, 2020), in honor of Dr. David Anderson (Sankofa) on his 90th birthday, declared racism a public health crisis.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert J. Benz (585) 310-4559 firstname.lastname@example.org Frederick Douglass Family Seeks Racism “Remedies”; Cash Prizes for Winning Blog Entries – Ages 13 to 22 (June 1, 2020, Rochester, NY) In his 1881 article, The Color Line,...
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