William Dd Garrison's Speech: William Lloyd Garrison

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I write this to you not in fear, or in hatred, but in hope. Hope for the future, hope for us. Hope given to me by none other than William Lloyd Garrison. A white man, I know, but one who holds our beliefs at heart. I listened to him in the Broadway Tabernacle, as he spoke words that fervently resonated with my soul, ideas that I thought were incapable of being expressed by this kind of person in this day and age. I highly encourage you all to familiarize yourselves with Garrison’s moving words. When I heard them, a feeling came upon me, a feeling I thought I would never feel: empowerment. I felt strong, happy, free. This is the feeling I hope to convey to you in this message. He started off with a promise. Not a direct one, but one that gave me a sense of hope for the future. There he was, a white man, stating that his convictions towards black discrimination will not falter, and that he believed in his heart of hearts that his people should not be enslaving ours. If one man can do that, why can’t everybody? I hope that my children and their children after that will live in the utopia where all men have Garrison’s ideals. I believe the part of his speech that struck me the most was his determination to deflect all forms of challenges against his ideals, showing everyone that his positions were tenable. He went to great lengths, lengths that one could even deem as dangerous, to prove to us that he planned to do everything he was capable of doing to stop our suffering. In
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