Virginia Lawmaker Criticized For Foolishly Stating Frederick Douglass Debated Abraham Lincoln
Delegate Wren Williams confused Frederick Douglass for former Sen. Stephen Douglas of the Lincoln v. Douglas debates.
January 14, 2022 at 5:33 pm
Virginia delegate Wren Williams, who took office on Wednesday, introduced his first bill taking aim directly at critical race theory by proposing schools teach students about specific moments within American history — but he made one glaring mistake.
Williams proposed “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass" be taught to students, but critics quickly pointed out that no such debate exists. Williams was likely referring to the event involving former State Sen. Stephen Douglas, who went head to head against Lincoln for a Senate seat in 1858.