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In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass , Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today's education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York , the schools' teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams' essay that they began a campaign of harassment — kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school. In her essay , which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. "If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him," Auld says.
If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement. Left, Invisible Children's Jason Russell. Right, a protest leader in Lagos, Nigeria / Facebook, AP A week and a half ago, I watched the Kony2012 video . Afterward, I wrote a brief seven-part response, which I posted in sequence on my Twitter account: