‘Frederick Douglass’ Review: His Tongue the Pen of God

In an 1895 eulogy to Frederick Douglass, the Chicago Tribune summarized his stature by declaring that “no man, black or white, has been better known for nearly half a century in this country.” Indeed, Douglass was “so highly esteemed by the white people,” the editors said, “that his entrance into their midst upon any public occasion was always the signal for an enthusiastic personal greeting.”

It may seem like an extraordinary statement to make during the era of Jim Crow segregation. Yet as David Blight confirms in his monumental and multi-themed biography, “ Frederick Douglass : Prophet of Freedom,” the Tribune’s assessment was more than accurate.In the fight for equal rights, Frederick Douglass felt he was an instrument of the divine will.

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Where’s the Mercy in Social Justice

The news has become a viral heat map of “social justice” trials and tribulations. The swift indictment of Covington Catholic High School students on a field trip from Park Hills, Ky., to Washington is the latest example of a now routine phenomenon in which millions of strangers subject individual action (and inaction) to forensic analysis, all while gleefully condemning those they have no intention of meeting for crimes that have no discernible victims.

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