The Narrowness of Minds

What defines us still, to so many eyes? In the age of emancipation how do nations measure our skill, our worth? Justice falls away, prejudice remains, stains our character, suggesting opinions before they can form, and shunning those who do nothing to merit it. What’s in a name, what’s in the hue, the pigment, the colour of our skin to define our worth?

Nothing.

And yet, to some, to too many, it still means everything.

Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879.  George K. Warren. (National Archives Gift Collection) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #:  200-FL-22 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #:  113
Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879
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8 thoughts on “The Narrowness of Minds

  1. Really liked this one. My favorite part is “Justice falls away, prejudice remains, stains our character, suggesting opinions before they can form, and shunning those who do nothing to merit it” Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thought provoking, personally appealing and profound. I had to read to over and over and everytime I am moved by the historic context and the present day atrocities. The accompanying image of Mr. Douglass, makes the Word even more appropriately dramatic. Sigh

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  3. Minds with their narrow subjectivities have always fallen into their own traps….Aren’t these cages we built and then became prisoners of our own biases? But persistence by some beautiful minds will help us see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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