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What to Frederick Douglass is Affirmative Action?

I read “What to the Black Citizen is the Fourth of July”[1] and it made me think about Douglass and contemporary Black America. The blogger recalls how Douglass said the holiday could not be celebrated the same way in the … Continue reading

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Citizenship as Standing vs. Participatory

In many countries there is a mandatory military service. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_service#Countries_with_mandatory_military_service However in countries without a mandatory military service, you may say that volunteering for service is an act of devotion, patriotism to the country. They may in fact be participating … Continue reading

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Are you ready for a fight? Do you care? And what the heck does “citizenship” have to do with anything?

Judy Shklar claims that to be a citizen, you have to earn and vote. You can infer from reading Douglass that he believes another element, action, may be necessary to be counted as a citizen. I hold a different position … Continue reading

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What to the Black Citizen is the Fourth of July?

In the past couple lectures, we have been reading about the experiences of Frederick Douglass.  Though I found myself moved while reading his narrative, I found that what especially sparked ember deep within was “What to the Slave is the … Continue reading

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