That’s right. The statue of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who fought for abolition and education, was ripped down in Rochester, New York on Sunday. It was removed from its pedestal by unknown vandals and found by authorities nearly 50 feet from its base leaning against a fence next to the Genesee River. The despicable act was carried out on the 168th anniversary of Douglass’s famous “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech given in the same town in 1852.
Carvin Eison, a member of the initiative ‘Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass’, the group responsible for putting up the statue, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle another statue will have to be erected as the damage is so severe. He noted it was painful to see “a monument that we put so much work and thought and love and care into” mistreated and vandalized.
“I feel (we should) put a monument back here immediately so whoever did this knows that we are not going to be deterred from what our objective is, and our objective is to continually celebrate Frederick Douglass,” Eison told the local outlet.
The city of Rochester, New York has 13 statues of the abolitionist throughout the city — the memorials were unveiled in 2018 to commemorate the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth.
The famous speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” delivered 168 years ago in Rochester, called out Americans for celebrating Independence Day while slaves were still in chains.
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim,” Douglass said in the famous oration. “To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless.”
Born into slavery, Douglass was chosen to live in his owners’ home and learned the alphabet from the slaveholder’s wife, Sophia. She was ordered to stop teaching but Douglass continued to seek knowledge from white kids in the neighborhood.
He learned to read and did so constantly. He taught other slaves how to read the New Testament until slaveowners broke the meetings up with weapons.
Moved around frequently, Douglass worked for different masters until his escape to New Bedford, Massachusetts where he hid from slave hunters for three years.
His intellect and speaking skills landed him as agent for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. He went on to write his famous biography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, a classic in American literature. He also started an anti-slavery newspaper, The North Star.
Douglass later befriended Abraham Lincoln and served as an advisor to the sixteenth president throughout the civil war.
According to Britannica, he went on to serve as assistant secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, marshal and recorder of deeds in Washington D.C. and U.S. Minister and Consul General to Haiti.
Douglass fought and spoke for abolition for the his entire life — he also was an early advocate for women’s rights.
“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker,” Douglass once said.
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Russian officials warn ‘Alaska could be next’ don’t underestimate their threats
In an attempt to scare the United States from holding the Kremlin accountable for war crimes in Ukraine, Russian officials threatened Wednesday that Moscow may put Alaska on their list of future targets. It seems like an idle threat but previous Russian threats to use nuclear weapons against the west shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The Russians are testing the Biden Administration in ways it could have never imagined.
Threatening to target Alaska is an incredibly bold ultimatum. But it makes sense if the Kremlin is seeing how far they can push Biden. I believe the threats will continue to increase until the Russian government is put in its place either through tougher sanctions and stronger deterrence. I don’t believe that will happen under Biden.
But first, here’s some background on Alaska for those who don’t remember: the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million. It was a fantastic deal for the United States and one the Russians regret I’m sure. It was, however, a legitimate deal. We obtained Alaska under a binding contract.
I’m certain many of you, like me, want to believe these are just empty threats from Russian officials. But we can’t think that way. Remember when U.S. officials underestimated al-Qaeda? That’s just one recent example. Look at what China is doing as far as expansion over the past several years. We are living in dangerous times and President Biden’s administration is making it far worse.
I don’t believe we should take anything for granted. I also don’t believe this is about taking Alaska, it is about making the Biden Administration – the United States – look weak before the rest of the world.
According to a MSN, Russia’s lower house speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, stated that the United States better watch out if it plans to seize or freeze Russian assets abroad. Volodin added, according to a translation in a news report that ‘instead ought to remember that Alaska previously belonged to Russia.”
“Let America always remember, there is a part of [Russian] territory: Alaska,” he said, according to Hromadske, as translated by The Daily Beast. “So when they start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, before they do it, let them think: we also have something to return.”
According to RBC, State Duma Vice Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy proposed holding a referendum in Alaska.
I’m certain Russian leaders, along with President Vladimir Putin understand that their idle threats against the U.S. could lead to a dangerous global escalation. So what’s the end game? Why does he keep on pushing both against United States policy, as well as Ukraine?
How will the U.S. respond now to these threats? Do we sit back and do what the Russians want? Do we stand up to Putin? Do we wait and see if they are blustering?
Putin, on the other hand, has nothing to lose. Well, except his own so-called honor and he will do anything to save face. That puts us in a very dangerous and precarious position.
On Wednesday, Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, denounced the U.S. Medvedev stated that the United States was working to “spread chaos and destruction across the world for the sake of ‘true democracy.’”
Medvedev escalated an already dangerous situation adding the U.S. will face the “wrath of God” if it pushes for an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s actions in its war in Ukraine, as reported in Politico.
These shouldn’t be just taken as idle threats. We’ve already been threatened by Moscow over Ukraine multiple times. The question is why do they feel so emboldened? The Russians, like other enemy states, are emboldened by the Biden administration’s visible weakness and frankly, idiocy.
Putin knows this and Medvedev understands this. It is the reason these threats are so grandiose, so big in scale they almost seem ridiculous. However, they are not. They are testing our strength, our fortitude and showing the world that the administration now in power in the United States is the weakest in modern history.
Medvedev actions are emboldening other enemy actors like China and Iran. The Russian’s are also using our own internal national divisions to create deeper rifts in our nation. They are amplifying those divisions with their own propaganda. It is the same propaganda that is used by the radical left and the Biden Administration to degrade the the United States. It is done by altering and twisting our own history.
For example, Medvedev said, “the entire U.S. history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars.” He stated on his Telegram channel that the U.S. has participated in atrocities, pointing to the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan during World War II but failing to mention that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and refused to end the war. He brought up Vietnam and stated “was anyone held responsible for those crimes? What tribunal condemned the sea of blood spilled by the U.S. there?”
All of his statements are half lies and twisted truths. They don’t take into account the time frame, the wars or the history. They do, however, carry a heavy burden and certainly actions during war are filled with regret and sorrow. They also plays right into the same propaganda used by the left to degrade the United States and its core principals. Because of that it Medvedev’s statements put the radical left in the Biden Administration in a quandary.
Couple that with an extremely weak White House, a fragile and failing president that could not deter Russia from invading and targeting Ukraine.
It has become a nightmare. There are still three years left of Biden’s presidency. Our enemies are well aware of this also and they will do what it takes to keep the U.S. weak. They are becoming more and more emboldened. As I often say in my podcast ‘The Sara Carter Show,’ “2024 can’t come fast enough.”
Our nation is at stake. The future of the world is at stake. If we have learned anything from what’s happened over the past several decades is that we should never underestimate our enemies.
More importantly, believe everything they say. We need new leadership in the White House because it is the one thing we can do to protect ourselves from what our enemies have promised they want to do to our nation and our way of life.
You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC
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