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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 09, 1912, Image 5

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THE RACE PROBLEM IN THE NORTH
It didn't do Jack Johnson br the colored race any good when he
won the world's championship as a prize fighter.
To be sure it got the colored pug a lot of money, but that money
also got him a lot of trouble. Money acted on Johnson just like it
acts on white men, yellow men and brown men. It makes a brute
monkey of him.
Johnson had seen rich white men sporting around with their
gaily-dressed mistresses and riding in high-priced automobiles. He
knew money wduld buy automobiles. He knew money would buy
some women and men.
So the big brute started in to buy for himself everything that
gold would buy for white men. . '
It seems to be a failing of colored men, when they gain wealth
and a certain kind of popularity, to attempt to beat the white man at
his own game. They want white women.
The ease with which they can get some white women leads to
the fatal error the notion that all white women are like the ones
they could get. And then come such brutal boasts as Johnson made
when he said he could get any white woman.
A white man could have got away with the stunts Johnson
tried. A white man can maintain several establishments, with little
or no foss of standing among his associates. He can buy white
slaves and waste years of his life in debauchery, knowing that when
he settles down, he will be welcomed with Open arms by high society
and take for his wife some innocent young girl. That is, he can do
all this if he has the price.
But a black man can't get away with it not when he trespasses
on the hunting preserves of his white brother. For then the race
feeling, so deep and strong that centuries can't blot it out, breaks
out, and the black man is pushed down where the white man thinks
he belongs.
Sociologists and humanitarians Vnay preach until they are pur
ple in the face about all men being brothers, but the fact they can
never make the white man acdept the black man as a brother-in-law
;and especially as a competitor in the woman hunt.
The solidarity of the" south isn't a matter of economics or poli
tics. It's a matter of color a black and white question. The pre
ponderance of blacks, the fear of a black man's government over
whites, and most of all the hourly "dread that some white woman
relative may be horribly outraged by a brutal negro, are responsi
ble for the suppression of the negro vote, the intensity of racial
hatred arid justice by Judge Lynch.
It has been easy enough for us df the north to preach at our

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