What bugs me is to see all the well-meaning people who keep saying,
“But, but, but! He was an abolitionist!”
“He died fighting against slavery!”
“He led the army of the North to victory over the slave-holding South!”
“He was a slave himself!”
“This statue was built with money collected by liberated slaves! Frederick Douglass was at the dedication!”
These people have bought into the narrative. They sincerely think this is all about racism and slavery.
It’s not. It’s about totalitarian control. The excuse for the implantation of totalitarianism doesn’t matter. It can be anything. And the persecution is supposed to be incomprehensible and unjustified. That’s the whole point. You are not supposed to be able to figure out an algorithm that will protect you. That confusion is the source of their power.