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           Jefferson made many points throughout the text about how he felt Africans or blacks were inferior to whites. Many of the examples that were given allowed anyone reading his statements to feel as though he was downgrading the African race as a whole. When Jefferson stated, “with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them.” I feel as though he is saying the negative aspects that the Africans had to experience were not as important or significant to ones life. Therefore it was easier to be forgotten and was of less importance. A second example that stuck out to me is when he said, “Whether they will be equal to the composition of a more extensive run of melody, or of complicated harmony, is yet to be proved. Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry. Among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry.” This statement is a very strong statement to make because he is basically saying Africans are full a misery but to even think in your mind that they had any form of being capable of writing poetry is out of the question.

                The weakness and problem I see in this whole document is that he is stating statements that are absurd. Who is he to judge what the African American race is capable? The so called “facts” that Jefferson states are simply opinions and are not very valuable when it comes to proving whether or not they are.


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