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DIFFERENT MESSAGES
The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Subjects: White supremacists; Fathers
Author: Schaub, Diana
Date: Jul 6, 2008
Start Page: A.15
Section: Editorial
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The most-cited passage from Douglass' political sermon, The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, seems to confirm the parallel: To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license ... your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. ... Douglass was a determined opponent of "white supremacy," but he also resolutely condemned the mirror-image black version of race consciousness, on display today in Mr. Wright's "black liberation theology."

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