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The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. Number 47 The Northern Negro How He Shows Up in Com parison with His Southern Brother. Dr. R. E. Jones Surveys the Situation. The failure of ihe Negro living in Northern communi ties to take advantage of the educational opportunities within his easy reach has been commented upon frequently. As a matter of fact the majori ty of the Negroes who gradu ate from Northern and Eas tern colleges are natives of the South. Dr. Booker T. Washington in his recent ob servation of conditions in the Northwest remarked also up ' on this fact, and among other things said: “For one reason or another the colored people in Wash ington and Oregon do not I seem to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the institutions of higher learning. They are reasonably wel^ rep resented in the public schools, but one rarely hears of a case where colored persons enter any of the classical colleges, agricultural and mechanical or. state universities. After careful inquiry I could dis cover only nine colored peo ple who have ever graduated from any of the high schools in the state of Oregon. None it seems has ever graduated from any of the' colleges in the State of Washington. Here as elsewhere there is a good deal of talk about higher education but it does not seem to go much farther than talk. It certainly is a mistake for for our people not to fenter these higher institutions of learning when they can do so with so little cost. Speaking further of education in the West, in Utah I could discover only three colored persons who have ever graduated from the high school, and not a sin gle one from any of the col leges or universities." It is regretted that such is the attitude of the Negro in the Northwest. Doctor Washington remarks that one rarely hears of a colored per soiST.aking the classical cource in that section. Not a single Negro, it seems, has ever graduated from any of the col leges in Washington and only three from the high schools in Utah and not a single one from a college or a university.. The Northern Negro, es pecially the native, looks with condescension upon his brother in the South and boasts of his freedom, but he has not turned his freedom to good account, as the testimony of Doctor Washington shows and is a matter of record in other parts of the country- Let this Be Your Guide The Denver Star The Negroes at the North, if they had used their opp ortunities, could have been a mighty force for the uplift of the race. Not only were educational facilities at their doors, but all sorts of assist ance could have been secured for their education. There were friendly and generous people who were willing to help every aspiring Negro. But the Northern Negro has taken his freedom in which to have a good time and caring little about the serious sit uation that faces the race; he has gone forward with his eyes closed to opportunity until his day of grace is pass ing. if it has not already passed. We are not unmindful of the cry that may be raised against this statement and the exceptions to this rule that may be pointed out. But the fact, nevertheless, remains, to the shame and the discreditof the Negroes who live at the North that they have not used and are not to this day, using the privileges that are open to them in the best universities and colleges of the land. If we search the records of Har vard, Yale, Wesleyan, Dart mouth, Amherst, Columbia. Princeton and other leading educational centres we shall find that in a large number of cases the Negroes who have taken advantage of the opp ortunity offered by these in stitutions have been Negroes who have gone from the South in many instances, green and lacking entirely the finer cul ture of life, but nevertheless afire with determination and zeal to make good and estab lish a record for the race. The Negro at the North needs to awaken and that right early. Southwestern Christian Advocate, New Orleans, Louisiana. FROM OTHER PUBLICATIONS In the annual inter colle giate debates this year Fisk University won from Atlanta University for the fifth conse cutive time. In the spirited contest with Wither force Fisk was defeated. This is the second debate between the lat ter two colleges, Fisk winning the first, last year at Wilber force. Furlong Tract, a four block Negro section of Los Angeles, Cal., has a property value ot 1375,00°. The personal prop erty valuation is $75,000, making a total valuation of $450,000, worth of property owned by Negroes in this sec tion of the .city. The tract has four stores, a bakery and boasts of many. Negro machinists, laborers and contractors. DENVER, COLORADO, SATURDAV, JUNE 14, 1913. Can Religion Eradicate Prejudice? I Read before the white Ministerial Alliance at Boulder.) Gentlemen. P'ollowers ot that Christ who died for all, Disciples of an higher destiny than the world usually recog nizes: I have been assigned the pleasurable duty of presenting some thought, fact or copy that would bring forth discussion and be food for future thought. - It was to be of my own se lection. I deem it an honor, yet approach the subject with mingled feelings of regret and pride. Regret because some one more competent cannot present this important question. Pride because humble as I am, it is my privilege—may I apologize for inflicting upon you at this time a worn subject, one in which you are probably not interested to any great extent, yet, if any of you were requested to write, you would naturally select the subject lying nearest your heart and with which you were, or hoped to become most familiar. Hence my selection. I wish to place before you for consideration, in the form of a Hypothetical —the relation sustained by Church and j Ministry to this all prevaling monster, Prejudice— Racial if you will allow, although tis broader, for it comprises all peoples — The Crime of Caste. It rears its malignant head in every direction. It has grown and flourished as rapidly as Chris tianity. I ask why? What has been the attitude of the Church throughout the centuries with regards to this issue? Has the Gospel of Christ no .power to curb the onward march of oppression and discrimination against a whole race of people? Every evil that creeps by the pulpit of America is at once alive with denunciation. Rigid reformers, strong defenders, in all but this one great evil, which is as broad as the universe, deeper than Hell, and is being flaunted even to the gates of high Heaven. American Christian —America heralded as the land of the irce, the home of chivilary. What a farce! Brethren, there is a sore at the heart of this Nation. So infectious that it iliujM»T in lilfi llu virus used in vaccination; it permeates the entire country. No section or class, sect nor denomination is free from its cling ing folds, for it does enfold man’s highest and best thoughts. His God like nature in which true Christ-like love for all God-created men should dwell i»distorted. His spiritual eyes are blinded until he cannot see the damage to his own soul and sense by prejudice. A stranger to American insti tutions would be curiously impressed by the separate and distinct social areas which the two races occupy'. Here are two people domiciled in the same territory, vested with equal civil and political rights, speaking the same language, loyal to the same causes and institutions, worshiping God af ter the same ritual and linked together in common destiny. And yet, in all purely personal and pleasurable intercourse they are as far apart as if separated by interstellar space. Social equality is the shibbolith which divides the races asunder. This slogan, like a savage war whoop, arouses the deepest venom of race, which slumbers only skin deep be neath a thin veneer of civilization. Whoever coined this expression possessed the genius for summatising the evil spirit The term has no exact legal status but is surcharged with idiotic meaning. As the sight of old glory evokes the patriotic zeal of the loyal beholder, or as the soldier makes frantic response to the alarm "To Arms.” So the Tocsin Social Equality arouses the pride of class and wrath of race. The Ten Ccmmandments, The Golden Rule, The Sermon on the,Mount, The Declaration of Independence, The Consti tution of the U. S. and the genius and tradition of American institutions are held in open defense by narrow, prejudice feeling. We know that every system of oppression seeks to justify itself. Has God Hecred prejudice. Brethren? Was that the burden of Christ's message, “Go ye into ALL the world and preach my gospel, teaching ALL MEN what as ever I have commanded you,” or was there to be two distinct redemptions. Is not Christian America like unto the Apos tle Peter at Joppa? Oh. that the sheet was let down today; that the Christian Church, especially of America, might see that whatsoever God hath touched is no longer unclean. Ministers of Christ, are you seeking ills to cure, wrongs to right? Let down your nets where you are, a cancer is eat ing the heart of the nation. And although a Negro, one who feels the sting most because oppressed, yet God gives me to see danger of death and dis traction awaiting that people who disregard law and order, Justice and Equity, and in so doing they construct a pitfall for future generations. For as sure as day follows night, our nations are becoming more and more lawless, have less respect for time worn traditions of right living, thinking, and deal ing with their fellowmen. Now my question is, can or will the religion of Jesus Christ which you preach—can it dwell richly in the heart of those who hate their fellowmen? Or is it possible to love God supremely yet hate another man ? Black Of skin yet having a soul as much in God's image as yoti. Susceptible to the divine in-breathing ot the Holy Spirit which causes him to vibrate like a highly tuned ins trument when touched by a master hand —the chord may not be*o harmonious, yet the musical quality is there. This soul capable of being inspired, transcended, lifted by God's divine power, I ask, is it possible, logical, consist ent, to love God and hate him. If Christ hath opened your eyes? Brethren if you doubt my assertion that prejudice ex ists in every quarter, canvass your several Churches and con gregations, see heir many can or will say, ! have no prejudice. (To be continued) .. ) Interesting News Concerning the Race. NEGRO K. P.’S DUTY (Washington, Bee.) Late last Monday night S. W. Green, Supreme Grand Chancellor of the Colored Knights of Pythias for the United States, was taken from a Pullmanj;ar on which he was riding through Florida, by a mob bent on lynching him for persisting in exercising his rights under the law. And but for the effective interfer ence of the sheriff he would have been lynched. As it was he was lodged in jail over! night for “safe keeping," and the next morning heavily fined for “violation" of the odious, unjust jim-crow law. Supreme Grand Chancellor Green was heavily fined, but the white law violators who forcibly took him from the Pullman, and who would have lynched him, went free. In Florida Justice is dead. As unjust as the jim-crow car laws are in the Southern States they provide for “equal" accomodations for the Negro passenger. In absence of a separate Pullman to accom odate Negro passengers any fair man or court would in terpret the law sa to give them the right to the Pull man attached to the train, es pecially as inter-state pas sengers, which Mr' Green no doubt wos. The law provid ing for “equal" accomidations is mandatory on the statute books, but it seems it is option al with the Negro-hating ad ministers of the law. The colored Knights is an .organization with secret signs and pass word, and it is an or ganization with nearly three hundred thousand members, and with a plethotic purse, if this great organization does not exhaust every resource to have punishment inflicted up on the members of the mob which so roughly'and unjustly treated their Supreme Grand Chancellor then that organiz ation ought to abandon its secret signs, grip and < pass word; consign it;s ritual to the flames, and content itself with being a benevolent organiza tion pure and simple, and not pretend to be a “secret" fraternity. When Negroes of the stand ing of Mr. Green cannot travel unmolested by a mob, and are fined because of having been molested .almost to the point of being lynched by a mob, if the officers of the law will not pursue and prosecute the members of the mob, then it is high time for a Negro secret organization to act. Five Cents a Copy. COLORED OFFICERS IN HIGH SCHOOL PARAOE Boston’s Annual Parade of High School Cadets. On Thursday, May 29th, the High School Cadets had their annual field day and parade. It started at 9.30 and proceed ed through the principal streets of the city. There were over 3000 boys in the line. Among the officers was Lieut. Colonel Malcolm C. Banks, who paraded on the Brigade Staff. He was the senior officer on the staff which was the first one in the parade. When the procession reached the Common a group of off icers were supposed to go to Mason street to escort the School Committee to the com mon. The time for the group to leave for Mason street was past and all the escorts were not on hand. In order to avoid any delay in the parade Banks went to escort the com' mittee with the three other officers, who were all intro duced to the members of the committee and escorted them to the common. As soon as the members reached the Common, the “assembly” was blown and the cadets reformed their companies. As the off icer who had been detailed as one of those to do this escort duty had now arrived, Lieut. Col. Banks was relieved of his escort and returned to the Brigade Staff. This staff re ceived the School Committee and accompanied them in their inspection of the five regi ments. It was an impressive sihgt to see the school com mittee in Prince Albert coats and silk hats. After Banks returned from this inspection he stood on the right of the committee officer in arm-striped blue coats, white duck trotsers with glis tening sword, beside each committee-man and watched the Cadets pass in review. He is the first Colored boy who ever paraded on the Brigade Staff, escorted the School Committee to the Common, or reviewed the Cadets, or escorted the committee as it inspected the Cadets; in fact he is the first one of our boys who ever held any rank high er than captain. Through the generosity of Julius. Rosenwald, the Chi cago merchant printe and phil anthropist. Chambers Clayton, a graduate o( Tuskegee Insti tute, has been appointed, at a handsome salary, to visit from time to time the smaller industrial schools of the Soutlr with a view *>( systamising and making more uniform, their system of bookkeeping.