“To make a contented slave, you must make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate his power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery. The man that takes his earnings, must be able to convince him that he has a perfect right to do so.” (p. 140)
A compelling read that taught me more about slavery than anything I learned in school. Douglass describes slavery in such a way as to make it easy to identify at any time, in any place, and among any people. Basically, it’s important that we recognize each other’s humanity and act accordingly in all our dealings.