01 March 2012

Modern Slavery


"When school officials handed out copies of The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, they said they hoped students would connect with the abolitionist’s struggle learning to read at a time when African-Americans were largely prohibited from becoming literate.That’s exactly what 13-year-old Jada Williams did, drawing a parallel between Douglass’ experience and those of many of her classmates in the City School District. And in an essay that she turned in at School 3, she compared illiteracy among city school students — about 75 percent cannot read at a level appropriate for their age — to a modern day form of slavery." Story here.

This brave student dared to criticize the failure of government schools. For that, she was threatened with suspension. Mom pulled her out of the school. Good for Mom. You can watch an interview of the student by Glenn Beck below. Note that the Frederick Douglas Foundation of New York shared a David Barton video with young Jada. Beck also mentions Phyllis Wheatley in the video, a woman I mention in my book about Stonewall Jackson and his black Sunday school class. Wheatley was a Christian and the first African-American to publish a book in America. I include the following from one of Wheatley's poems:

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Savior too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This poor girl is being treated poorly no doubt, but I also noticed that you said: "Note that the Frederick Douglas Foundation of New York shared a David Barton video with young Jada"

Obviously they aren't imnterested in accurate history either. David Barton? Really?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Barton's made his share of mistakes, for sure. But we all make mistakes - even professional historians.

http://oldvirginiablog.blogspot.com/search?q=we+all+make+mistakes

Evidently, the FDF of New York disagrees with you. Yeah, really.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey, Anon, I know who you are. You've been banned from posting here. So don't.