Frederick Douglas’s life symbolized an undying fire of hope that set a precedent for future generations to not succumb to the evils brought upon by slavery and to never give up: “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”
Tick tick tick… “Maybe tomorrow will be the day?” or “Soon but just not now,” said by many slaves during the era of slavery in America and even now in many countries.
You would think that after the abolition of slavery by the British in their region, Union victory in America, and the establishment of the 13th Amendment that slavery would be unheard of by now. Unfortunately, there are between 21-36 million slaves CURRENTLY according to Freetheslaves.net.
As you read this, somewhere a slave is being overworked, underfed, and deprived of the basic necessities of life. So how can this go on even though slavery is virtually illegal everywhere? Similarly the South’s dependency on cotton in the 1800’s, Thailand is dependent on slave labor for the cultivation of seafood products which means that the removal of its labor forces would devastate Thailand’s economy. Also, slave owners have the resources to act on their own accord and evade the law. According to the antislavery agencies that operates in several countries known as NGO, people should know that “seafood that they are eating may have been produced with slave labor.”
Many men, women, and children today dream that perhaps one of these days they’ll be able to freely walk without fear. It’s this similar feeling that Frederick Douglas felt throughout his life:the feeling of being chained even when there was nothing on.
Tick tick tick. Another year goes by and your hope begins to dim. Tick tock. 10 years goes by and your hope is weaker than a tiny ember easily extinguishable by a swift blow. At some point, Maung Htay ( a slave), had enough and saw once last chance at freedom. With a phone, he decided that he would “die or be liberated.” Just like with Frederick Douglas, every chance of freedom that he came gave him just a little bit more hope to keep going on.
Modern slavery CAN be ended BUT it requires that immediate boycott of goods made from slave labor. The problem cannot immediately just dissolve overnight but will require the will and strength of many people. Many people want change but will not work for it. As Frederick Douglas once said,” Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”