Dear Frederick Douglass
I wonder if you ever dreamt of a day when there would be a black history month. I mean as you made your trek from the southern states to the northern states as a runaway slave, did you think that there would be a day when our nation would spend a month recognizing the accomplishments of individuals whose ancestors were bought and sold? When you became an orator, did you think that maybe just maybe things would change? Or were there times when you thought these people are just too ignorant to change? You must have felt great the day the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.
But it’s sad because while slavery has been outlawed in this nation, the slave trade is alive and well throughout the world. And unfortunately, in some countries families sell their children into the sex trade. In other countries children are forced to work on plantation to grow crops for the world’s love affair with chocolate. Isn’t so sad that the more things change the more they stay the same?
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