Frederick Douglass gave us the answer many years ago.

Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements.

In his downward course he meets with no resis
tance­, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress.

If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedne­ss he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradict­ion to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.

In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.

~Frederick Douglass - September 25, 1883~

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