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RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS P&JUDIJlSS PI$QJS
THE MIND IN WHICH Ttf EY BOIL
The Cultured Century Club That Black-Ballet
Eminent Scientist Because fie W&9 Q Jeut But ,
the Culture That Covers the Barbarian
Is a Mighty Thin Veneer,
i BY N. D. COCHRAN
The fuss kicked up over the blackballing of Prof. Jacques eb, art
eminent scientist, by the Century Club of New York, for no better reason,
than that Loeb is a Jew, illustrates the weakness of human prejudice.
The Jews are nothe only people who suffer from this class prejudice
Perhaps they suffer more because the prejudice Is more than, religious
There is some prejudice among some Protestants against Catholics, but
that is wholly religious a mere" matter of creed opinion; and the anti
Catholic prejudice comes to a head only about once n twenty yeajrs, wbjjej
that against Jews is constant
There is no reason why 'these prejudices should' not he Qpealy dte
cussed, for ignorance has much to do wjth them, and only through dis
cussion can enlightenment come.
Probably there is more surprise at the action pi the Century Club thau
there" would be if the same action were taken by Jesg cultured Chrjstms,
because the members of the Century Club a'TQ supposed to be pxff moptf
cultured and intelligent citizens artists, scientists, literary nd prbfes
hat doesn't surprise mfij however, fox I believe $be .culture that cqyersi
up the barbarian in all of us is a mighty thin yeneer. Nope of us is afl that
he aimp to. make others believe he is; and there Is no more real humanity
under broadclpth than under blue jeans.
The prejudice because of religious or racial differences is more marked!
among the so-called educated and cultured classes than among be. work
ing classes. There is more genuine democracy in, a lahor union than in a
fashionable church, club or other organization of th supposedly pujtured
and superior beings.
And all of us are unfair when we judge a class by ope or a few of its
members. Take the Jews for illustration. There are as mapy kinds of
men among the Jews as there are amopg any other people.
If I were prejudiced against Jews and wanted to prejudice others, I
might argue that most of the department stores agd nearly all of the cloth
ing factories are owned and managed by Jews; therefore, jt follows that
the Jews vere the starvation-wage payers a.nd skive-drivers of this country.
If I wanted to be still meaner than that, I might pojnt out that Gyp the
Blood and hjs gunmen pals jn New York were Jews, and that many of the
white-slavers in New York, Chicago and elsewhere ere Jews,
But that wouldn't be just. In its treatment of employes so far as wages
go, the Marshall Field store is as bad as any, and jeaUy get? tb,e pace for all
other department stores. And the owners and managers are supposed to
And the factories owned and controlled by Christfa"K pursue the sama