Inspirational Quote of the Day: One from a Preacher Who Believed in the Inferiority of the Black Race

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Learn more about William Ellery Channing at Wikipedia

In later years Channing addressed the topic of slavery, although he was never an ardent abolitionist. Channing wrote a book in 1835, entitled, “SLAVERY”[9] James Munroe and Company, publisher. Channing, however, has been described as a “romantic racist” in “Black Abolitionism: A Quest for Human Dignity” by Beverly Eileen Mitchell (133–38). He held a common American belief about the inferiority of African people and slaves and held a belief that once freed, Africans would need overseers. The overseers (largely former slave masters) were necessary because the slaves would lapse into laziness. Furthermore, he did not join the abolitionist movement because he did not agree with their way of conducting themselves, and he felt that voluntary associations limited a person’s autonomy. Therefore, he often chose to remain separate from organizations and reform movements. This middle position characterized his attitude about most questions, although his eloquence and strong influence on the religious world incurred the enmity of many extremists. Channing had an enormous influence over the religious (and social) life of New England, and America, in the nineteenth century.

2 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: One from a Preacher Who Believed in the Inferiority of the Black Race

  1. “he felt that voluntary associations limited a person’s autonomy. ”
    Hear hear!
    “I am not prepared to join any club that is prepared to have me as a member”. (((Groucho Marx))).

    • I am not a joiner. It seems you are not one either. My former homeowner’s association are mostly a group of old biddies and beta males who act like Bolsheviks. I do not like organized groups of any kind, including churches. However, I may organize a militia in the future. If my money is into it, I can control it. Unless everyone rebels against me.

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