Quotes – A Cruel Hand

A heavy and cruel hand has been laid upon us. As a people, we feel ourselves to be not only deeply injured, but grossly misunderstood. Our white countrymen do not know us. They are strangers to our character, ignorant of our capacity, oblivious to our history and progress, and are misinformed as to the principles and ideas that control and guide us, as a people. The great mass of American citizens estimates us as being a characterless and purposeless people; and hence we hold up our heads, if at all, against the withering influence of a nation’s scorn and contempt.

-Fredrick Douglass, in a statement on behalf of delegates to the National Colored Convention held in Rochester, New York, in July 1853


 

我们被一只又狠又重的手摸到了。作为一个民族,我们感觉不仅伤害得很严重,也完全误会了。我们的白人同胞不认识我们。对我们的人格他们是外人,对我们的本事无知,遗忘了我们的历史和进步,还有对治理指导我们这个民族的原理和志愿,他们也误读。美国公民大多数估计我们是一个没有本事、又没有目的的民族;因此,为了反对全国的鄙视和轻蔑的丧气影响,我们要抬头来。

——弗雷德里克·道格拉斯,在各位全国有色人大会的声明, 1853年七月,纽约,罗切斯特。

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