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THAT "LOVE ONE ANOTHER" DOCTRINE MEANT
LOVE EVERYBODY HOW MANY OF US DO?
BY JANE WHITAKER
Once, in the long, long, long" ago
a Man walked the earth who preach'
ed the doctrine of "love one another!"
He did not restrict that admonition
to love each your own race, or your
own creed or your own class; He said
"love one another" and that meant
"love everybody." And the Man who
preached that doctrine was crucified.
And because we are idealists in the
ory we worship the memory of the
man who was crucified for preaching
A long, long while afterward an
other man walked the earth who
preached the same doctrine, but he
preached it with, a knowledge in his
heart that we who worshipped the
Man who first admonished us to love
one another had not carried that ad
monition into practice, for we had
made slaves of our brothers and it
was against that barbarism that the
second man preached. And for tha.t
preaching the second man was as
sassinated And because we are idealists in
theory, we worship also the memory
of the second man who told us to
love one another. But we have not
yet carried the admonition into prac
tice. The most bitter arraignment of our
savagery in actual lack of practice of
that admonition I listened to from the
lips of two very brilliant women, one
white,- the other colored.
It was at the close of a session of
the trial of Isaac Bond, negro, charg
ed with murder of Ida Leegson, white.
I had heard a brilliant yqung lawyer
sitting, back of me voicing hatred of
the alleged murderer, not because of
the strength of the evidence against
him, which is circumstantial, but be
cause of his race. I had heard two
-women who undoubtedly would be
surprised to hear themselves called
barbarians remark that the accused
man wouldn't feel like laughing when
the noose was about his neck, and
their remark was not called forth by
the testimony which, at that moment,
was contradictory, but because of his
And then Mrs. L. Brackett Bishop'
spoke to me.
"Miss Whitaker, this is terrible,"
she said, with a trembling note in her
voice. "I sit back here and listen to
savagery. Our bigoted hatred of a
race is savagery. I listen to the wit
nesses of the accused man's race and
I hear them tell that they spend their
time shooting craps and in saloons.
And to the savages this seems but an
indication of the low habits of the
race, but it is an indictment of our
civilization that has provided no
other place, no other amusements,
no other opportunity for these peo
"They are human beines as we are
human beings. They have as much
right to human treatment as we have.
But we are denying them 'this right
and then holding it against them.
This man is being tried by a white
jury, the evidence is listened to by
a white judge, a white man is prose
cuting him. I have gone around to
the newspapers and have asked them
to take up the side of the negro and
in no case did I find the newspapers
willing to do this.
"I am not asking welfare work for
these people; I have no faith in wel
fare work, but I am asking education,
and education not alone for the ne
groes but for the whites. If we want
them to live as we live, then we have
a right to exercise the same care over
their lives that we are exercising over
the lives of the people of our own
color. We should send committees
on sanitation to visit them and see
that they live in sanitary surround
ings. We should give them the same
opportunities for development that
we demand; the same opportunity for
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