Monday, August 20, 2007

Blacks vs Jews, Heroes Rising Above Tragedy

In another installment of our friendly competition between blacks and Jews, we examine two heroes who have risen above the worst tragedy each community has faced. The Jewish representative is Elie Wiesel, a man who survived the Holocaust and has become a voice of triumph. The black representative is Frederick Douglass, a man who overcame slavery and was a powerful voice for the cause of his people.

Elie Wiesel was born in Romania in 1928. When Wiesel was 16 years old he was deported to Auschwitz with his family. The next year he was sent to another concentration camp, Buchenwald (which is one camp my grandfather was probably at as well). After the war ended, Wiesel went to America. He has written 40 books, the most famous of which is Night, a recount of his experiences during the Holocaust.

Frederick Douglass was born enslaved in Maryland in 1818. Douglass eventually escaped slavery when he was 18 years old. He then began fighting to abolish the institution of slavery. Douglass rose to a position of prominence in the United States and played an instrumental part in emancipation and Reconstruction-era government. His most famous book is Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

These are two amazing people, who have overcome the worst horrors that human beings can inflict on their own kind, and these two men have been able to restore the humanity that their tormentors stripped from them. So how do we decide a winner?

I can think of only one way: most Google hits.

Frederick Douglass 1,730,000 hits, Elie Wiesel 1,350,000 hits.
Overall standings: Blacks 4 Jews 1.

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