The Safety of the Plantation

To the many black people who do not, it is time to dare think outside of the box that politicians for generations have told black people is their domain. The plantation on which so many people have attempted to keep black people on is one filled with goodies. These people say stay here where it’s safe. We will take care of you, you will not have to worry about anything. They demonize those who offer many black people the chance to be free. With freedom, and the opportunity to determines ones own destiny comes dangers that you will never face on the plantation, because after all; the plantation is safe. If you are sick, the master will take care of you, if you need food, the master will feed you, the master will give you a place to lay your head, and will use all of these goodies to keep you where you are while he remains in power. The master tells you that those who offer you freedom do not have your best interest at heart. With freedom comes the chance of failure, it is risky, it is uncertain. With the opportunity to be free also comes the opportunity to realize your fullest potential, something that you will never get the chance to do on the plantation where it is safe. You will never be in control on the plantation. These are the words of Frederick Douglass, the great abolitionist,
former slave, and statesman extraordinaire: “What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!

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