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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1921.
HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE
On Thursday evening, Charles Gil
pin, the distinguished colored actor,
playing in "The Emperor Jones," was
complimented by newspaper men with
a reception at the Press Club of Chi
cago after the theaters closed.
Every other current production was
represented in the gathering. Among
the actor guests were Frank Bacon of
"Lightnin'," Grant Mitchell, "The
Champion," and Francis Wilson and
the girls in "Ermine.",
It is very gratifying to note the
general recognition of the extraor
dinary talent of Gilpin.
JAZZ IN JERUSALEM.
Jazz music is in its death throes
in the U. S. A., but Jerusalem is wild
over the moaning of the saxaphone.
The oriental dances have been almost
discarded and the native girls are
taking up with those brought from
the Occident by the soldiers of the
allied forces. All kinds of jazz are
in favor and jazz records are being
sold in large quantities.
WOMEN AS PREACHERS.
The women are demanding their
right to become preachers of the gos
pel on equal terms with the men. At
a recent meeting of women pastors a
speaker declared that the majority of
the church members at present are
women drawn by the eloquence and
magnetism of the male preachers and
if women were installed as pastors
would fall over each other in the ef
forts to get into the fold.
The Reverend Clarence Edward
Macartney of Philadelphia, dissents
from this view and says that the or
dination of women as ministers of the
gospel would be prejudicial to the
best interests of the church and
"would increase the occasions for
factional scandal and satanic' church
No doubt the men would be at
tracted to the church services if the
shepherdess was young and charm
ing, had a trim figure, wore a peek
a-boo waist, with a skirt falling to
her knees, the portion of her anatomy
from that point to the French-heeled
oxfords encased in "invisible" silk
stockings. It would not matter what
she said, the attendance of the men
including all of the vbald-headed '''fa-
thers in Israel" would swamp the
meeting houseand they would all
be in the front pewsif possible.
TROUBLE WITH TH E SOUTH.
In an article- in the Smart Set Mr.
H. L. Mencken, a Southern man, says,
that the South is still suffering from
THE WINGED BEDBUG.
THE SIN OF SILENCE
It will be recaled that Louisville,
Kentucky never yielded allegiance to
the illegal Confederate government
and ye the Daughters of the Confed-
To sin by silence when we should
protest makes cowards out of men.
The human race has climbed on pro
test. Had no voice been raised against
injustice, ignorance and lust, the in-
quisition yet would serve the law, and
guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare must speak and
speak again to right the wrongs of
many.Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
the debacle of fifty-six years ago. He
"That debacle almost obliterated
civilization in the whole region, and
so the surviving Confederates took to
sentimentalizing the civilization that
had collapsed and departed. That
sentimentalization, in the end, became
a sort of sacred duty, a benevolent
mania, a furious and unintelligible
cult, and the Southerner himself a
walking sarcophagus of dead ideas.
The result was that human
thought in the whole region was re
duced to a mere poll-parroting of for
mulae. The Southerner became the
most indiotic patriot ever heard, of in
terrestrial history. Everything South
ern took on sacrosanctity in his eyes,
from the swinish politics of the job-Wood
seekers who herded the cracker and
Confederate veteran vote to the bar
baric theology of the Methodist and
Baptist dervishes, and from the pious
nonsense of the roving Prohibitionists,
free-silver fanatics and generalized
chautauquans to the revolting inde
cencies of the Southern cotton-mill
owners. All conceivable human prob
lems were precipitated into platitudes.
To question these platitudes became
downright dangerous to life and
The writer recalls a bit of doggerel
of years long gone:
The common fly has wings of blue,
The firefly wings of flame
The bedbug has no wings at all,
But he gets there just the same.
Times have changed since that was
written. With the coming of the new
era of airships, seventy-five mile
guns, poison gas and other atrocities,
it is now said that the winged bed
bug has arrived at Constantinople
and is driving hotelkeepers, their
guests, and housewives to the utter
despair born of sleepless nights.
It has, so the dispatches say, inevery
vaded the palace of the sultan and
added to his many worries. It is
smaller than the pre-war type and
those who have examined it assert
that it has wings and flies like a mos
Its activities defy mosquito netting.
It appears to be able to bite through
sucn netting. It does not always se
crete itself in the bedding, but may
stow itself in the ceilings and from
there drop upon its victims. It does
not come singly, but in
couples with large families, attack-,'
ing from all directions.
The old style bug was bad enough,'
but bedbugs with wings! Angels and,
A SHAFT OF JEFF DAVIS
eracy have selected that city as the i
,_ on the back as a good negro."
site for a monument 351 feet high to I
eracy ought to devote the money they
will spend on the Davis shaft to aid
ing the veterans who fought to pre
the memory of Jefferson Davis.
Davis was in no sense a great "SPECIAL EXPERT."
statesman, simply a clever politician,! .The following from the Richmond
but as an ardent advocate of the Con-j Planet upholds THE APPEAL'S con-
federacy whose capstone was slavery, tention and says truly that the policy
he typifies a doctrine which cost our!will serve to "fan the flames of race
a million lives and a billion I prejudice:"
I honor the man who in the consci
entious discharge of his duty dares to
stand alone the world, with ignorant,
intolerant judgment, may condemn,
the countenances of relatives may be
WERE TH E CARDS STACKED?
Twenty-three years ago the United
States occupied the Philippine Islands,
promising independence for the Fili
pinos in about twenty years or as
soon as the natives were "qualified for
Shortly after coming into power the
present Republican administration
sent a mission consisting of Gen.
Leonard Wood and W. Cameron
Forbes to investigate present condi
tions and the report just made, which
will not reach Washington for five or
six weeks, recommends that the Unit
ed States must keep the islands.
Two months ago, long before the
investigation had been completed, Gen.
was nominated for governor,
be "gettingh in deeper." Although
writteo grammatical English, there "ihn
minister of grace defend us! ability.
To the most casual observer, "Ma-
jhut a follower, who not only thinks,
gold Hon. Charles R. Forbes of Seattle,
The monument will serve no useful Washington, who was recently ap-
purpose as the cause it glorifies is pointed Director of the United States
dead. The Daughters of the Confed- i Veterans' Bureau, has seen fit to ap-
serve our liberties .rather than*waste jests of colored ex-service men. This
it on a memorial to the man whose is a fitting recognition of one of our
life was given to the destruction of ablest leaders. Nevertheless, it em-
his native land. phasizes the drawing of the color line
THE MAN WHO DARES
averted, and the hearts of friends grow
cold, but the sense of duty done shall
be sweeter than the applause of the
world, the countenances of relatives or
the hearts of friends. ^Charles Sumner.:*^J'
point Dr. J. R. A. Crossland of St.
Joseph, Mo., "Special Expert" in this
department to look after the inter-
against which the far-seeing leaders
of the colored people in this country
have protested without seeming effect.
he seemed to
lights" and certainly no
great thought orh literary
ruling, it may soon be
expected that Irish-American citizens
will be appointed only with the under
standing that they shall look after
the Irishman's" interests. Hebrews
will look after those affairs, which
affect the Jews!" Indians will be ap
pointed to look after the interests of
the Indians, the Germans to look after
the Germans. Italians to look after
the interests of the-Italians, and so
Dr. Crossland gave an only son to
the cause in Europe and as a result,
he is confined in his operations to the
race with which his son was identi
fied. We understand now, that col
lored men will hold offices all right,
but these offices will be confined to
work amongst the colored people ex-\
clusively. This will fan the flames of
race prejudice rather than stamp out
the crowning infamy of this age.
Financially, we may be benefited, but
as a matter of fundamental princi
ple, we are needlessly humiliated and
our progress iii the direction of full
American citizenship and its attend
ant privileges checked for many years
(From the Chicago Whip.)
Dr. J. R. Crossland of St. Jbseph,
Mo., has been appointed to handle the
claims of the black veterans of the
late World War. The claims of the
black soldiers are the same as those
of the white and Dr. Crossland has
really accepted a Jim Crow job.
Perry Howard, another prominent
"Uncle Tom" politician, also accepted
a oim Crow job. As long as we take
th^se political handouts, as long as
jcur "leaders" are too hungry to re
Did Uncle Sam stack the cards on fuse them, of course they will be ten-
the liberty-loving Filipinos? dered our race.
NOT A I^DERT^OUGHT. ^^PPFA^
Bearing a Tuskegee date line, an the color line has been drawn in the
excerpt from the London (England) new Veterans' Bureau by the organ-
Times is going the rounds of the ization of a "Colored Division" and
press, lauding the head of Tuskegee the appointment of Dr. J. R. A. Crobs-
Institute and it says among other land as its head,
things: "Dr. Moton is the leader of Crossland lost a son who fell "fight-
Negro thought in the U. S." This ing for democracy" in France, and it
statement needs some qualification., is a poor reward for the father to
Moton was put in as head of the be given a segregated bureau It is
school because the interests which
support it wished him there as a
mouthpiece through which they could
express THEIR thoughts, EmmettJ.
Scott was the logical candidate for
the place, but it is said that at the
meeting at which the election took
place, some one suggested that Scott
would not be so easy to control as
Moton. That decided the matter.
THE APPEAL does not under
estimate the strength of Dr. Moton.
He has powerful interests behind him
and he has a large following, but he
is in no sense a great thinker or a
leader in thought. There are thou
sands of colored men who are in
way superior intellectually and
yet are not hampered by some of the
traits he has shown. Specifically, in
the matter of his alleged refusal to
protest against the ejection of his
wife from a Pullman sleeper several
years ago, his alleged speeches to the
colored soldiers in France, and his
continual laudation of the South in
his public utterances.
Dr. Motone has recently written a
booka called, '"Finding a Way Out,"in
also said that he was an effective
speaker in the last campaign, in
which it was given out that the Reever
publican party would abolish segre
gation in the departments at .Wash
ington. If these things are true
Crossland deserves better treatment
at the hands of the victors, and he
should have refused the appoint-
ment as undemocratic and demanded
the same treatment as is given to
other groups^ of American citizens.
One Lasker, a Jew, was made head
of the U. S. Shipping Board. Repre
sentatives of other racial groups have
been given places, but not in segre
gated bureaus. No President of the
United States would dare offer a Jew
a place as the head of a segregated
Jewish bureau. There is no such
place and never will be. Only color
ed people are segregated by this al
Some people may think that the
"special" appointments which have
been handed out by the present Re
publican administration are forward
movements, but they are really nails
the coffin of democracy and are
dangerous to the social and political
status of the "colored people.
The Administration ought to cut
out theses "special" jobs, eliminate
segregation which was promised in
the campaign, and if colored men are
to have appoinotments let them be
on a level with those given to other
groups of American citizens.
Better no places a,t all than those
which lower the status of the race
and automatically make their holders
defenders of segregation.
"The next big forward step in the
inter-racial readjustment is to come
from the South, and the reason for it
is perfectly apparent. The South can I
afford to do it. Then too the South
has the social prestige to do this.
The social question figures largely in
the race question. So the South can,
when it will Hake the leadership in
inter-r,acial co-operation. I believe
that the South will assume the leader
ship with the same sort of pride and
determination as it led the nation.
SOUTHERN "FORWARD" BUNK.
Recently there was a laymen's conl
ference of the Methodist Episcopal race prejudice and religious intoler-
Church, South, held at Iiake Juna
laska, N. C, and one Rev. W.s W.
Alexander of Atlanta, Ga., took the
stage and said:
It has been the universal opinion of jto a colored human, being.
those who have come in close touch
with the question that Negro leaders
do not desire or seek social equality.
They have asked for police protec
tion, better housing and living con
ditions and a chanec to develop into
useful American citizens
ft^t is true' thalt some of the jim
crow "leaders" of the South have said
that than An _*i.- i.
that they do not want anything but
police protection and do not care to
vote, etc., ad nauseam, but the color
of the North will fight to
the last ditch against any scheme of
the South to impose its plan of set
tlement upon the couniry.*#
They know that the South has in
all its" "forward" movements pro
ceeded like the "crab-backward. They
graded in every way, denied. educa
tion, lynched,, burned at' the stake.
There have been riots and" lynchings
in the North, but never a burning, i\
and for every lynching in the North 1
there have been 50 in the South.
Nowhere in the South have the
colored people any part in the local
government, and first of ail they wish
the right to vote and participate in
the governments under which they
live. The colored pedple know that
the so-called Christian church has re
mained dumb for 50 years in spite of
growing anarchy, and now When it
speaks it comes with a jimcrow plan.
And as usual the South talks of
"social equality." The real intelligent
colored people all over the country
do not wish to be segregated from
other American citizens in the enjoy
ment of CIVIL RIGHTS. They do
not wish to be designated as pariahs.
This has nothing to do with inter
marriage, and it is the veriest rot to
say that it means intermarriage for
white and colored people to ride in
the same car or to go to thje same
library. In the North, where there
are no jimcrow laws, colored and
white people go together in public
places without intermarriage. Mar
riages between white and colored
people are so rare that when they
occur, and that is seldom, there is a
long story in the papers about the
event. In the South, where there are
laws against intenmarriage, practical
ly all of the UNLAWFUL mixing
goes on as it is promoted by the
difference in the social status of the
white and colored people. The surest
way to "maintain racial purity" would
be to repeal all of the Southern jim
crow laws. So long as the colored
people area voteless people and on a
lower social and civil plane, the il
legal racial mixing will continue.
That is history.
In his enuemration of what the
colored people desire, Rev. Alexander
omitted two of the most important
thingsthe right to vote and the
aoblition of public segregation. There
is absolutely no hope of a settlement
of the race question on just Amer
ican lines if the South is to have 'the
leadership, especially if that leader
ship is to eb vested in the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, which has
been the foe of the colored peo
ple from the time of the split over
slavery in the forties up to the pres
ent time when the church refuses to
merge with the Methodist Episcopal
Church, North, because the latter
church elected colored bishops.
THE "MENACE" OF BUDDHISM.
A woman who has been a Christian
(missionary in Japan for 1$ years call
ed the attention to the Disciples of
Christ, at a recent general confer
ence, to the growing "menace" of
Buddhism. She said that Buddhist
priests and teachers arecoming in in
creasing numbers and are urging the
Japanese in the U. S. to have nothing
to do with the Christian religion on
the ground that its followers call
them inferior and oppress them. She
also stated that Buddhism is also
gaining among Americans and that
many colored people were being con
verted. It is not s|range that the
religion of the gentle Gautamaf Buddha
should appeal to the colored people,
beacuse it not only teaches the equal
ity of amnkind, but practices its
teachings. Orthodox Christianity in
the U. S. teaches inequality of race
and oppresses, disfranchises, lynches
and burns colored Christians at the
stake. It is aided in "keeping the
'nigger' in his place" by the Ku Klux
Klansmen, who, barring the Jews and
Catholics, kneel before the "Flaming
Cross" and swear to uphold "white
ATLANTA THE LIMIT."
Atlanta, Ga., seems to have been
and is yet, the breeding place of near
all the four things which feed on
A catalogue of these un-American
things would take too much space, so
it will suffice to mention the latest
evolved from the K.iK. K. controlled
city. At the meeting of the city
council Monday, by a vote of 14 to
8 a committee was appointed to pre
pare an ordinance prohibiting inter
racial worship of God. Under this
proposed law white and colored peo
ple could not attend'the same churches.
A white person could not preach in a
colored church. A white person
could -not preach in a colored church.
A white person could not teach in a
colored Sunday school and' even in
the presence of death a white priest
could not* administer extreme unction
Atlanta wins in raciaiand'religious
PLEASE GIVE ONEDOLLAR
determination to. maintain their own P^Perty burned during the riot
social life and the purity of the twovalue
racial stocks," LC* t?
know that the colored citizens of the ,jfe ^^o^feSSS^S&J"
South have been disfranchised, dis-j^
criminated ^against, segregated, de- V-
Fourteen hundred claims have been
filed against the city and "county for
property burned nearly
me have been
dicted. Thied city will not permit the
peoplhee to rebuild their property un-
living i tents with winter
fast approaching.n About $4,000 has
been raised by the Colored Citizens
ReHef Committee and N A. A. C. P.
If 8,000 colored men will give a dol
lar the cause will be saved.
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