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A great chance to speak up.
Most Flagrant III-treatment of Race Deserves Condemnation.
Last tall we called the attention of
colored voters to the fact that therace
was accorded only Iworepresentatives
in thu count; convention out of mots
than seven hundred delegate* We
showed them that the whole slate had
only five who are worthy to nit in the
counsel* of the republican party inthi*
state and at that time said that this
treatment of our people in the parly
organization could not and must not
be lost aight of. Notwithstanding the i
many complaints which our people
marie during the preceding two years
and this crowning outrage, they went
through the campaign last fall, and
by dint of money and work were ral
lied to the support of the republican
ticket because of the most solemn
promise* made upon the rostrum by
whites and blacks, that I otter treat
ment would come. One of these
promises, that made by Secretary of
State Cowin, has been kept, lint for ,
all the others which, whether author
ized or not, still served to gel votes
so much cannot tie said,
Ever since the republican parly
landed the majority of its state ticket
and later it all, the colored man who
were ao busy during the campaign,
have been looking forward with long
iug eyes for the promised places. Up
to date the same old jauitorships are
all that have been offered them and
in aotno cases they have accepted.
When the mind roves back and con
templates the immense nuss meetings
which wore held by the Roosevelt
Club in Baal Turner Hall, the music
and the speakers, the clubs organized
all over the stale, the dozens _of wo
men who worked in registration and
■ at election, and most of all consider
s that this has l»e<m our record (or
rear*, these janitorships seem pitiful,
s j When more recently by a decision of
(he Supreme Court the democratic
I county officials were replaced by ra
1 publicans, hope sprang once more in
i to life, but only to be again disap
i pointed. Three janitorships were the I
places assigned to colored voters,
i One was offered A. J. Riley, who is a
1 well known republican worker and
i was so far short of his deserts and
* what be asked for, that be refused it
Another went to Fred Armstrong.
ft is not the purpose of this article
to serve any one man's political great
ness, but the devotion which Arm
strong has shown to the party makes j
us take him as a fair sample of what
the white loaders think is good
enough for Negroes. Armstrong is i
the republican committeeman in the
j first precinct of the fourth ward, a po- i
sition which is no sinecure ia a ward
which is absolutely terrorized by the 1
democratic machine of this city. I
Time and again he has been arrested
on election morning because of his 1
political activity and held on some :
charge or other only to be dismissed • -
the next day. treatment which shows |
two things, first, that his work for the 1
republican party is felt, and second, <
that he is above coercion and bribery. <
Ho was among the applicants for a 1
place as guard at the jail. Along '
with other colored men he was turned 1
down. The appointment of a white 1
committeeman from this same ward I
at the jail makes it clear that <
black hearted prejudice, not lack of i
merit is what kept Armstrong down ■
and what we say of him is likely true
: of other men.
When we called for a square deal
last fall, the circumstances were such
' that ciir good intentions wore ques
tioned. No such accusation can be
made now. Our prediction has come
true, —no class of citizens who are of
100 little consequence to help in par
ty counsels will I* considered in the
making of laws or distribution of
patronage Let the fervid curst a
which hare been heaped upon the
party beget some kind of reasonable
action looking toward bettering con
ditions. There is nothing so con
| temptible as the whine of the coward.
! Curses are idle, backbone is what we
j need. The republican party is the
creature of our votes and we are ne
cravens that must skulk when some
gangster cracks his whip.
It has so long been gospel truth i
among white politicians that Negroes i
look no higher than a mop or a broom
and to the shame of the so called
leaders we have, they have so general
It stooped to accept, that they must
still be open mouthed with astonish
ment at the unprecedented refusal by
A. J, Riley of the place a* the Court
; House. Slowly we approach nearer
and nearer to manhood, respecting
ourselves and demanding it as our
due. It is for the many to stop now
and consider what should be done. It
is no time to begin in campaign limes
when the politician and his oily
tongue are busy with promises, when
the color line is for the moment oblit
erated and blacks taste the luxury of
carriages and automobiles. We don't
want any such pretensions at an (
| equality which they don't mean and
i we cannot accept and keep our self re
spect. It is patronizing, pure and
i simple. All we want is a square deal,
and if we have the manhood to de
. maud it, we will get it. We said last
; fall that the great struggle would be
next year, and that seems more likely
daily. If we would receive decent
treatment then, we must earn it now.
We believe that the colored men
who led the lambs up to this slaugh
ter by their activity last fall, were
honest. But if they would escape the
charge of being equally guilty of du
plicity along with the while leaders,
they must go to the front and demand
fair treatmejt for their people. They
are the ones who can give force to a
protest, they are the ones whose pre
tensions at leadership calls for action.
Bunco s'eeriug is an honorable voca
tion compared with deluding the poor
Negroea into thinking that their sacri
fices in politics will be amply repaid.
Far belter is it for them to keep out
of the game entirely than to have such
shameful aad insuring treatment giv
en them as they are now receiving at
the hands of the county and state re
publican organization. This is no
time for our leaders to oe silent. They
must either fight and shoot, or give
up the gun. The columns of this pa
per are at their disposal.
Cultivating self-mastery.
Going to bed early and rising early.
Pleasurable physical and mental
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