Frederick Douglass Paper
Imagine if you were a victim to anyone of opposite gender, race, or religion. Not only does this still happen in today’s life but Douglass was subject to this as well. The claim that he makes is on point because slavery was so brutal that no matter what if you saw it and did nothing about it you were subject to the slavery as well. Gender in our lives today would be the victimizing of the slaves in Douglass’ day. Race of course is the same as it is now that it was in the earlier years, but with less severity. Race can also be compared to the non-slave holders. Religion is one of those things that will always have dispute and can be compared to the slave holders. These things are what Douglass talks about in his book.
The gender comparison is one that would have to go with marriage in our life. The fact that women control the men in marriage is that of a slave’s life (solid joke). The true comparison is the divorce rate in our life and how frequently people get divorced and remarried. This is exactly the way that Douglass is treated through his slave days. Obviously the men in the relationship are the slaves in the slave days. Men are usually the ones that are blamed for the divorce therefore they are the ones that leave. Douglass may not have done anything wrong but he was the one that had to leave. “In coming to a fixed determination to run away, we did more than Patrick Henry, when he resolved upon liberty or death.” This quote, from chapter 10, describes how Douglass wants to escape from being a slave. Most like when people feel like they need a break from marriage. Douglass also explains the hazards of trying to escape. He states that his owner could find him (wife) or he could be caught up in natural enemies such as weather or cougars.
People will always take race to another level. Black people have fought a long time for their rights and they take them seriously, as should every American. We, as Americans, do not have much racism...