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What does this quote about justice, poverty, and property mean? "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, abd where any one class is made to feel that society is organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

Here Frederick Douglass highlights how social and political institutions can often only be accountable to certain groups of people, and then turn and oppress others, especially in regards to justice, poverty, and property. He argues that when this is the case, when some members of a society are not protected, no one is truly protected. This is because such conditions fail to create fair order and motivate resistance.

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To unpack the deeper meaning of this quote, it might be helpful to break it down into smaller pieces. This will help you analyze it in its proper historical and social context.

“Where justice is denied,”

Here Douglass is referring to the way in which justice systems fail certain populations. For example, consider situations in which police officers do not stand trial for their participation in the injury or death of an unarmed civilian. In these situations not only is there not justice, there is not even the opportunity for justice. Justice is being “denied.”

“where poverty is enforced,”

Here Douglass is referencing how some social and economic systems can keep people stuck in a cycle of poverty. For example, consider communities that do not receive adequate funding for safe, quality education. It is typically difficulty to achieve socioeconomic mobility in such communities, because society defines success by levels of education achieved. This can keep people in such...

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