Faces at the Bottom of the Well

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Nicholas Simington Faces at the Bottom of the Well May 8, 2007 Chapter 8 – Racism’s Secret Bonding Racism’s Secret Bonding starts the chapter off by explaining a thunderstorm worse than any storm ever witnessed or experienced before. A storm that took the entire country by shock. A storm of horrific statistics. These statistics were for the most shamful that America will have to live down forever. This was the statistical data about the number of Africans who had been captured, brought to these shores, and enslaved during the years of the slave trade. The author goes on to bring back a speech from the Fourth of July, 1852 by Frederick Douglas. In this speech he speaks about the Fourth of July, “What, to the American slave, is your 4 th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustive and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.” Douglas mentions how America should be shamful, “-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.” When these facts were released the American government tried to dismiss the facts as a Fourth of July “prank.” The next day, more facts, more disturbing facts were released. It is one thing for facts to be about something a government and country had no control over, but, new
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