If this photograph strikes you as remarkable, it is because it represents a more complete context of American Civil War history. The image captured at Manassas National Battlefield Park, shows me, Nathan Richardson, engaged in a first-person portrayal of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. I, as Douglass, am talking with students about his role during the American Civil War and the emancipation of the enslaved Africans. Please take note that the monument of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson is still standing.
This is actually a picture of what Critical Race Theory is intended to look like, a narrative that tells a more complete story of American history. In the words of Frederick Douglass; “If America is false to her past and false to her present, she will solemnly be false to her future.”
Douglass was critical of the Lost Cause narrative because it totally dismissed the suffering of whole millions of men and women in bondage as well as the contributions they made to America in spite of their suffering. Douglass called those who white wash American history “The Apostles of Forgetfulness.”