The Work of Afro-American Women
WHAT FRED DOUGLASS THINKS OF THE SUBJECT.
"I have long noticed the tendency in colored institutions, as well as others, to repress and
discourage the colored man's ambition to be something more than
143a subordinate, when he is qualified to occupy superior positions. It is a part of the old spirit of
caste, a legacy left us by slavery, against which we have to contend. It is all the more difficult to
meet because in colored institutions under white control, it usually assumes the guise of religion
and a pious regard for the happiness of the object of its disparagement, These people play `Miss
'Phelia to Topsy.' They would have us among the angels in Heaven, but do not want to touch
elbows with us on earth."