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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1921.
THE APPEAL is sorry to note that
the color line has been drawn in the
new Veterans' Bureau by the organ
ization of a "Colored Division" and
the appointment of Dr. J. R. A. Cross
land as its head.
Grassland lost a son who fell "fight
ing for democracy" in France, and it
is a poor reward for the father to
be given a segregated bureau. It is
also said that he was an effective
speaker in the last campaign, in
which it was given out that the Re
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
also should have refused the appoint
ment as undemocratic and demanded
tbe 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
in the coffin of democracy and are
dangerous to the social and political
status of the colored people.
The Administration ought to cut
out these "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.
DEMANDS RACE EQUALITY.
The Pan-African Congress now in
session in London, England, in. a
manifesto to the world, demands ab
solute race equality, physical, political
and social, as a foundation for ad
vancement. The manifesto was read
by Dr. W. El B. DuBois of New York,
secretary of the conference. It urges
that it is the duty of the world to
in every way backward and
SOUTHERN "FORWARD" BUNK.
Recently there was a laymen's con
ference of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, held at Lake Juna
laska, N. and one Rev. W. W.
Alexander of Atlanta, Ga., took the
stage and said:
"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
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 take the leadership in
inter-racial 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.
It has been the universal opinion of
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 with every
determination to maintain their own
social life and the purity of the two
It is true that some of the jim
crow "leaders" of the South have said
that they do not want anything but
police protection and do not care to
vote, etc., ad nauseam, but the color-
THE SIN OF SILENCE
To sin by silence when we should
protest makes cowards out of men.
The human race has climbed on pro
test. Ha 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 end
speak again to right the wrongs of
many.Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
suppressed groups of mankind..' The
manifesto protests against colored
people being treated as uncivilized
and argues that Negro self-govern
ment in Haiti and Liberia mulatto
in Central and South
America and in some of the West
Indies have not been failures. It de
mands enfranchisement based on edu
The program laid down in the
manifesto is just and proper, and the
only one to which self-respecting peo
ple of African and part African de
scent could subscribe. We are glad
that the Fan-African Congress has
gone on record for the principles laid
down in the Christian Bible, by God,! way to "maintain racial purity" would
who "of one blood created all nations
of the earth."
say that it means intermarriage for
white and colored people to ride in
the same car or. to go to the same
library. In the North, where there
are no jimcrowy 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 intermarriage, 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
be to repeal all of the Southern jim
crow laws. So long as the colored
people are a voteless people and on a
lower social and civil plane, the il
legal racial mixing will continue.
That is history.
In his eriuemration 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
ever been the foe of the colored peo
ple from the time of the split over
slavery in the forties fcp to the pres
ent time when" the church refuses to
merge with the Methodist Episcopal
Church, Nortih, because the latter
church elected colored bishops.
NOT A LEADER IN THOUGHT.
Bearing a Tuskegee date line, an
excerpt from the London (Engiand)
Times is going the rounds of the
press, lauding the head of Tuskegee
Institute and it says among other
things: "Dr. Moton is the leader of
Negro thought in the U. S." This
statement needs some qualification.
Moton was put in as head of the
school because the interests which
support it wished him there as a
mouthpiece through which they could
express THEIR thoughts. EtomettJ.
ed people of the North will fight to Scott was the logical candidate for
the last ditch against any scheme of the place, but it is said that at the
the South to impose its plan of set- meeting at which the election took
tlement upon the country. place, some one suggested that Scott
They know that the South has, in would not be so easy to control as
all its "forward" movements pro-.Moton. That decided the matter.
ceeded like the crabbackward. They THE APPEAL does not under-
know that the colored citizens of the estimate the strength of Dr. Moton.
South have been disfranchised, dis- He has powerful interests behind him
criminated against, segregated, de- and he has a large following, but he
graded in every way, denied educa- is in no sense a great thinker or a
tion, lynched, burned at the stake, leader in thought. There are thou-
There have been riots and lynchings sands of colored men who are inchampioned
in the North, but never a burning, every way superior intellectually and
and for every lynching in the North yet are not hampered by some of the
there have been /to idnparticipat the South. traits he has shown. Specifically, in
Nowhere ino South have the the matter of hisi alleged, refusal to
colored people any plart in the local protest against the ejection of hishad.not
government, and first of all they wish' wife from a Pullman sleeper several
in years ago his alleged speeches to the
the governments under which they colored soldiers in France, and his
live. The colored people know that continual laudation of the South in
the so-called Christian church has re- his public utterances,
mained dumb for 50 years in spite of Dr. Moton has recently written a
growing anarchy, and now when it book called, "Finding a Way Out,"
speaks it comes with a jimcrow plan, but as a reviewer said, he seemed to
And as usual the South talks of be "getting in deeper." Although
"social equality." The real intelligent written in grammatical English, there
colored people all over the country are no "high lights" and certainly no
do not wish to be segregated from evidences of great thought or literary
other American citizens in the enjoy- ability.
ment of CIVIL RIGHTS. They do To the most casual observer, %a-
not wish to be designated as pariahs, jor" Moton is not a leader in thdught,
This has nothing to do with inter- but a follower, who not only thinks,
marriage, and it is the veriest rot to but says that: which pleases the
THE MAN WHO DARES
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
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.
South, and as a- reward the South
gives him not justice for the people
he is picked to represent, but a pat
on the back as a "good negro."
SEE YOUR CONGRESSMAN.
During the recess of Congress the
members will go to their respective
homes. As soon as you see in the
paper that your congessman is in
town go to him, no matter whether
he is a Republican, Democrat or So
cialist and ask him to vote for the
Wyer Anti-Lynching Bill, which makes
the" crime of lynching a Federal of
fense, punishable by the United States
courts. You could not use an hour
or two to better advantage for your
country. The bill has been pro
nounced constitutional by experts
who have examined it, and the vari
ous organizations which are support
ing it report that conditions are fa
vorable for its'passage when Congress
reconvenes September 20. Bring all
the .influence at your command to
bear on YOUR CONGRESSMAN, and
do it as soon as possible.
BANKER BINGA PEACE HERO.
There are heroes of peace as well
as war, and Jessley Bingaj the banker
of Chicago, deserves a high honor
rating. About two years ago Mr.f
Binga bought a beautiful home cost
ing $30,000 on South Park Boulevard,
which he furnished artisticalliy and
kept in the finest possible condition.
Some of the whites living in the
neighborhood resented this "invasion"
as they called it, and no fewer than
seven attempts have been made to
destroy it by bombing. The seventh
attempt about a week ago resulted
in the destruction of the front porch
and the shattering of windows in the
neighborhood. The only person in
jured was a white woman across the
street who was thrown down by the
It shows great courage on the part
of Mr. Binga and his family to stay
in the house, as it is almost like liv
in right on the firing line the great
er part of the time. Mr. Binga is
wholly within his rights in living in
hiis own home -and will not give up
no matter what may come. He de
serves a "Croix de Guerre."
THE "MENACE" OF BUDDHISM.
A woman who has been a Christian
missionary in Japan for 18 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 strange that the
religion of the gentle Gautama 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 thenal
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
WOULD AID COLORED OUSTED.
Robert T. Kerlin, professor of Eng
lish at Virginia Military Institute,
the cause of the alleged
Elaine rioters and wrote a letter to
the Governor of Arkansas, in which
he asked him to review the cases of
the farmers under allegations? which
A few days ago Prof. Kerlin was
handed a resolution passed by the
Board of Visitors of the Virginia
Military Institute asking for \his im
mediate resignation. When he re
fused to resign, the Board of Visitors
passed another resolution ousting him
from his professorship.
As Professor Kerlin, a Southern
man, one in a thousand, was asking
for simple justice, the action of the
school authorities is but another il
Arid Robert Russa Moton lauds
^LET'S CLEAN U. S. A. FIRST.
In a recent speech in New Hamp
shire, President Harding declared that
the God-given destiny of America is
to reform the world.
A great deal of such talk was in
dulged in by former President Wil
son, who suggested reformation for
the world, but failed to do. (many
things which were needed at home.
THE APPEAL suggests to Mr.
Harding that there is work enough at
home. The United States is not the value of property burned nearly
proper leader for any kind of are
form movement as there are too
many skeletons in her closet.
When the U. S. A. has eliminated
lynching, race riots, disfranchise
ment, segregation and, discrimination
for a large group of its citizens so
that all Americans, colored and white,
rich and poor, Gentile and Jew, can
enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness, then and not until then
will this country be in a position to
other lands. LJ\'
EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE.
A call signed by Rev. M. A. N..Or
president, has been issued for
the National Equal Rights League to
meet at Chicago, IH., September iO
14, at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist
Church, 33rd and Indiana avenue. A
strong fight will be made against dis
franchisement, segregation and jim
crowism in general. A drive will be
made for the passage of the Tinkham
and Madden bills. Every local league
should at once elect delegates and
notify Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett, 3624
Grand Boulevard, Chicago, III.
Lanier University, Atlanta, Georgia,
has been taken over by the Ku Klux
Klan, the president of the institution
has designed and William J. Simmons,
imperial wizard of the Kil Klux Klan,
has been elected president. The uni
versity is a Baptist institution, but
the charter has been amended so as
to permit any -"Christian" to become
a trustee "unless he is a Catholic,
Negro or a foreigner." It is rumored
that the new course of study will in
clude, "Science and Method of K. K.
K.," "Best Systems of Negro Intimi
dation." Every class will be opened
by reading a selection from the Bible,
a prayer and singing, "Onward, Chris
ROTEST AGAINST INJUSTICE.
We trust that our editorial friends
will print strong editorials and write
letters to the Secretary of War pro
testing against the color line in the
army, and advise the writing of let
ters of protest to every cabinet mem
ber portesting the color line in the
various departments. And ask the
President to abolish segregation where
it can be done by executive order.
Let us stand toegther for the abso
lute abolition of the color line in
A QUESTION OF STATUS.
The Monitor of Omaha, prints un
der the above heading, an editorial
which is so logical and conclusive
that we publish it in full:
"Well meaning, people cannot un
derstand why the American of color
objects to being set apart by him
self. They seem to think that he is
not satisfied with his- own people
and is therefore trying to force him
self into places and among people
who do not want him. This is to
miss the whole point. I is simply a
question of status. He objects to be
ing singled out and set apart and
denied privileges inherent in Amer
ican citizenship because he knows
that such procedure gives him a sta
tus of inferiority, which no self
respecting American citizen can ac
cept. He *is either an American citi
zen or he is not. The Constitution of
the United States considers him an
American citizen, American practice
in the denial of civiL- rights denies
him this status. Which is right, the
Constitution which guarantees full
rights of citizenship, or custom which
The attorney general of Georgia
declares that "the same rules and
regulations will apply to bothllexes
in the white primaries. There can
be no exceptions." The Atlanta Jour
adds, "The attorney general also
points out the obvious fact that ne
gro men and negro women cannot
vote at white primaries."
A Southern newspaper headline
says, "President Harding Takes Hand
in Southern Rate Discrimination."
Say, boys, it would be great if it
were really so that one letter could
be changed to make the headline
read, "President Harding Takes Hand
in Southern Race Discrimination."
The creation of the permanent
court of international justice has
been assured by the ratification by
Haiti and Spain of the agreement to
establish the court. These two rati
fications completed the requisite nuiri
All Europe is simply jazz crazy. It
has been supposed that jazz originat
ed in America, but recently indis
putable evidence has been produced
to prove that it was invented by the
Incas of ancient Peru.
Dr. W. S. Scarborough, former
president of Wilberf orce, is in London
and is talking to reporters. Some
things he says are good and somen
very bad, the average being a lot of
As the women fight and secure
more rights, colored men seem to be
losing some of their rights acquired
half a century ago. Is there any con
nection between these two facts?
PLEASE 6IVEJDNE DOLLAR!
Fourteen hundred claims have been
filed against.the city and county for
property burned during the riot
Fifty colored men have been in
dicted. The city will not permit the
people to rebuild their property un
less they build bricks therefore thou
sands are living in tents with winter
fast approaching. About $4,000 has
been raised by the Colored Citizens
Relief Committee-and Nl A. A. C. P.
If 8,000 colored men wili give a dol
lar the cause will be saved!.
WON'T YOU GIVE A DOLLAR
TO^'BEJLP THESE PEOPLE? Send
it today to
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:Z* S. D. Hooker, Chair.,
."&"*>,-J. Tyler Smith, Treas.
to EASTERN HEADQUARTERS,
1816 12th St. N. Wi
Washington, D. C.
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