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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading > What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 81 in a series – “The cruel lie is told them, that we deprive them of labor and receive the money which would otherwise make its way into their pockets.”

What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 81 in a series – “The cruel lie is told them, that we deprive them of labor and receive the money which would otherwise make its way into their pockets.”

November 1st, 2019

““Let attention now be called to the social influences operating and cooperating with the slave power of the time, designed to promote all its malign objects. We see here the black man attacked in his most vital interests: prejudice and hate are systematically excited against him. The wrath of other laborers is stirred up against him. The Irish, who, at home, readily sympathize with the oppressed everywhere, are instantly taught when they step upon our soil to hate and despise the negro. They are taught to believe that he eats the bread that belongs to them. The cruel lie is told them, that we deprive them of labor and receive the money which would otherwise make its way into their pockets. Sir, the Irish-American will find out his mistake one day. He will find that in assuming our avocation, he has also assumed our degradation.””

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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