THE DOCTORS PROTEST TO
PRESIDENT ON RACE ISSUES
ftichmond, Va., Aug. 28.—We the
members of the National Medical A»-
have already received in the rnai
ter of officers in the _Army. At tl.
same time we feel that it is only fai
and just to us as a race, that if w
are to be drafted as Negroes, am
kept in separate lvgimonts as Ne
green, we should have our p^op^rtion
ate share of Negro eM e* as ign-,
to such regiments. We fd u
to money mvested i„
this critical hour, lo} lt shouh
dominate race prejudice and tha
the brave black soldier and the pa
triotic citizen should not be prodde
in the back with the fangs of ract
prejudice while he is facing the bru
tal Hun in the defense of this coun
try. We appeal to the war depart
ment to give us a fair proportion o
Negro officers for our Negro regi
ments, to the end that loyalty and
faithful service may he the test and
not the color of our skin.
T. The Negro physicians constitute
one of the most loyal groups of
Americans and one of the most po
tent factors in our racial develop
ment. We are using this great in
fluence to promote patriotism for and
confidence in our government. How
ever, as we travel from place to place
our professional duties, and tz
Propogate patriotism we are incon
/enienced, humiliated and abused bv
the passenger car system known a*
the J„n Crow cars. It
is out of
keeping with the tenets of American
government for which the worW
now bathed in blood, that the govern
ment itself should operate such a
Passenger traffic system. It not only
but breeds discontent and deprive*
We therefore appeal to the Director
the Jim crow car system as a war
measure to the end that twelve mil
lons of faithful citizens may be giv
en justice for their devotion.
^lve unstinted praise
ur great President, Woodrow Wil
son, for the great service he has ren
day „j,en 1
iyncmngs. We rejoice fh-
we pray for (he
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7. We reaffirm our consecration
and devotion to the American govern
ment and our hitfh resolve to do all
in our power to help achieve victory
in the war with Germany. But in
sociation, in annual convention a«-' fightinpr "to make the world safe for
sembled with delegates from every
state in the Union, representing five
thousand medical men, feel that we
owe it as a duty to ourselves, our
race and our nation to make the fol
1. As loyal and patriotic medica
men, we have offered and are offer
ing our services to the nation now
in the throes of a great nationa
crisis. About one hundred Negn
physicians hnve already been called
upon to render professional service in
the Medical Reserve Corps. In addi
tion to this about two hundred physi
cians have been commissioned in the
Medical Reserve Corps but have not
been assigned to active duty, not
withstanding the fact that the gov
ernment is calling for more physi
cians. We have information that nr
more Negro physicians will be com
missioned in the Medical Reserve
Corps, in accordance with the present
policy of the war department. We ap
predate the representation we al
ready have but we deplore the dis
crimination against our physicians
whereby they are excluded from fur
ther commissions. Thousands of Ne
groes are being drafted into the army
and we appeal to the war department
to right the injustice of the present
policy and to give us a fair represen
tation of commissioned officers.
2. Negro physicians who are now
being drafted are being assigned as
privates with no apparent chance of
being transferred to the Medical Re
serve Corps where they could rendet
the professional service for which
they have been trained. Under thr
new draft age, 18 to 45, at least 90
per cent of our physicians are sub
ject to the draft and may be assigned
as privates. We hereby petition the
war department to remedy this con
dition of affairs so that our physi
cians can be transferred to the Medi
cal Reserve Corps.
3. We heartily approve the deci
sion of the war department to enlist
Negro trained nurses in the Re
Cross service. However, this privi
lege is limited to service in base hos
pita Is at home. The Negro trainei
nurse is loyal to true, and we ap
peal to the war department to re
ward her loyalty and devotion by giv
ing her the opportunity to serve th«
brave blacki soldiers on the battk
fields of Europe.
4. As close students of the war sit
uation we realize that adequate provi
sion has not been made for the train
ing of a sufficient number of Ncgr
officers to man the largo numb°r o
drafted Negroes. In fact, the oigh
Negro regiments now being forme
are manned by white officer?. V.'.
give duo praise for the reeognitio
democracy" we want to make Ameri
cu safe for ourselves. We have in*
vested millions in war stamps: Lib
erty bonds the Red Cross the Y.
M. C. A., and other kindred nrganiza
Mons we are enduring the pacrificcs
incident to war without complaint
we weep when America weeps we
bleed when America bleeds our br&ve
soldiers are dying in the most cruel
war ever waged by man to keep
'government of the peop'e for the
people" from perishing from tht
earth and it seems to us that as a
reward for this unparalleled devotion
white America ought to be willing to
lay aside its antagonistic race preju
dice as a means to help win this war.
8. A committee of three is hereby
appointed to present the appeal to
the secretary of war, and a similar
committee to present the appeal to the
director-general of the railroads.
Signed—Executive Board—G. E.
Cannon, chairman E. T. Be'aaw, sec
retary A. M. Curtis, C. V. Roman
A. M. Brown A. W. Williams W. C.
Gordon J. C. McFall John A. Les
SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH NOTES
The rally was a grand success, Sun
day.' Rev. Dr. J. B. Anderson
preached a wonderful sermon at 3
o'clock. The services was largely at
tended throughout the day. Rev.
Gibson and wife and Rev. Huggins,
of Troy, Ohio, was our guest all day.
We hardly know how to appreciate
our loving pastor, Rev. O. C. Thomp
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