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-Let All Colored Americans and Friends Protest to Washington Against Post Office Segregation -
The papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. Number 3 A National Appeal. An Open letter To President Wilson To Woodrow Wilson, Presi dent of the United States' Dear Mr. President: The National Association for the advancement of Col ored People, through its Board of Directors, respectfully pro tests against the policy of your Administration in segre gating the colored employees in the Departments at Wash ington. It realizes that this new and radical departure has been recommended, and is now being defended, on the ground that by giving bureaus or sections wholly to colored employees that they are there by rendered safer in posses sion of their offices and are less likely to be Ousted or dis criminated against. We be lieve this reasoning to be fal lacious. It is based on a fail ure to appreciate the deeper significance of the new policy; t% understand how far reach ing the effects of such a draw ing of caste lines by the Fed eral Government may be, and how humiliating it is to the tJhen thus stigmatized: Never before has the Fed eral Government discrimin ated against its civilian em ployees on the ground of col or. Every such act heretofore has been that of an individual State. The very presence of the Capitol and of the Feder al Hag has drawn colored peo ple to the District of Colum bia in the belief that living thereunder the shadow of the National Government itself they were safe from the per secution and discrimination which follow them elsewhere because of their dark skins Today they learn that, though their ancestors have fought in every war in behalf of the United States, in the fiftieth year after Gettysburg and Emancipation, this Govern ment, founded on the theory of complete equality and free dom for all citizens, has estab lished two classes among its civilian employees. It has set the colored apart as if mere contact with them were con tamination. The efficiency of their labor, the principles of scientific management are disregarded, the possibilities of promotion if not now will soon be severely limited. To them is held out only the -prospect of mere subordinate * routine service without the stimulus of advancemeni to high office bv merit, a right deemed invoilable forall white natives as for the children of the foreign born, of Italians, French and Russians, Jews and Christians who are now entering the Governmenn, service. For to such limita tion this segregation will in evitably lead. Who took the trouble to ascertain what our colored clerKS thought about this order, to which their con sent was never asked? Be hind screens and closed doors they now sit aoart as though 'leprous. Men and women alike have the badge of in iferiority pressed upon their The Denver Star by Government decree. How long will it be before the hate ful epithets of “nigger” and "Jim Crow” are openly apo plied to these sections? Let any one experienced in Wash ington affairs, or any trained newspaper correspondent an swer. The colored people themselves will tell you how soon sensitive and high-mind ed members of their race will refuse to enter the Govern ment service which thus de crees what is to them the most hateful kind of discrimination. Indeed,there is a widespread belief among them that this is the very purpose of these unwarrantable orders. And wherever there are men who rob the Negroes of their votes who exploit and degrade and insult and lynch those whom they call their inferiors, there this mistaken action of the Pedcral Government will be cited as the warrant for new racial outrages that cry out to high Heaven for redress. Who shall say where discrim ination once begun shall cease. Who can deny that every act of discrimination the world over breeds fresh injustice? For the lowly of all classes you have lifted up your voice i and not in vain. Shall ten 'millions of our citizens say that their civic liberties and rights are not safe in your hands? Te ask the question is to answer it. They desire a “New Preedom,” too, Mr. Pres.dcnt, yet they include in that term nothing else than the rights guaranteed them by the Constitution under w hich they believe they should be protected from persecution based upon a physical quality with which Divine Providence has endowed them. They ask therefore that you, born of a great section which prides itself upon its chivalry toward the humble and the weak, prevent a gross injustice which is an injustice none the less because it was actuated in some quarters by a genuine desire to aid those now discriminated against. Yours, for justice, The N. A. for the A. of C. P. By Moorlield Storey, Pres. W. E. Burghardt Di'Bois, Director of Publicity. Oswald Garrison Villard, Chairman of the Board. HURRAH ! HURRAH ! Gov. Ammcns will speak at the yueen's Coronation at the People's Tabernacle, Sept. 4. Mayor Perkins Mayor Perkins will' render a recitation. Mrs. Perkins will also be present. Dean Hart, the greatest theologian in the west will also grace the occasion and speak. Never in the history of Den ver has there been such an affair offered to the public. No one can afford to miss it. DENVER, COLORADO, SATpRDAV, AUG. 30, 1913 Self Respect Thrown To The Winds To the Denver Star: Since the Paris theatre has covered up her discriminating signs I have gone and stood on the outside of the theatre to see if any colored people attended. Greatly to my surprise, I found that several aristocratic, intelligent, so called race-loyal negroes going there now and giving this concern their hard earned money which they refused to take a short time ago, not a hod-carrier nor any negro of the common or middle class, so called, went but all of, the “upper crust” I saw go there. Will you kind ly say something to these people who love to be insulted and then give their money to help support the insulters daily strengthening their position for more insults? What do you think of these so-called society people, doing that' which a hod carrier refuses to do? I invite you to go and stand in front of the Paris the atre and investigate for yourselves, thanking you for your space and trusting you will make the investigations, 1 am, Yours for the Race, “AN OBSERVER” . -1:'-'A..- - - v Trying To Get Sulzer “Ecce Homo” A honest man or honorably inclined man is I entangled into a mess of seemingly unpleasant suspicions. Governor William Sulzer of New York State, against whom articles of impeach ment has been filed, grows larger and stronger in the mind of the nation each day of his tem porary unfortunate position. His friends un swervingly believe in him and even his enemies | who are intensely anxious for his political and official destruction are forced to admire and commend his open, manly and unyielding stand under the greatest and hottest fire of calumny, accusation and conspiracy. Things may look dark and the situation grow acute but the Star hopes and prays for Sulzer’s vindication and ul timate triumph. He is fighting and showing himself to be a man among men, a giant against the “machine" asking no favors and giving none. So far Governor Sulzer, has shown himself humanity - best friend in his signing the negro regiment bill, the appointment of negroes to handle the N. Y. Emancipation Exhibition, his ultimatum that all bars against Hebrews in State Militia be iet down. “Ecce Eum,” fair minded, courageous, and chivalrous. MRS. M. N. BRAY MAKES PUBLIC STATEMENT. ACKNOWLEDGING HER MISTAKES AND VINDICAT ING HER HUSBAND. Ere it is 100 late to in some way atone for a terrible and unjust injury l have done my nusbnnd. 1 come now ; to make public the following state meat: Unholy influences have been brought to bear upon me at a time when 1 was neither strong in body or mind, and, in consequence, I have said and dons things which were criminal and destructive in their tendency and na ture. For more than fifteen years l have enjoyed the love, devotion arid sup port of my husoand, Rev. H. Franklin Bray, and during that time there has never been the breath of suspicion connected with either his public or private life. Few wives have had such tender and thoughtful consideration as I have enjoyed these years. In an hour when I was weak and 'f purpose? which nrp nprfpotly plain I to n\e now. 1 was approached and i li cenced to say and do things which I i knew full well to be altogether wrong. Tills whole affair has not only been a painful and bitter experience to my tnsband, but equally so to me. Heav | on only knows how fully I have paid ii suffering and remorse of conscience for my mistake. Quite well did I know* that when my husband bought our home on i herokee street that it was a matter of economy of health and money. This, however, I flatly refused to ac knowledge, being influenced not to do so by evil-designing persons. Nothing in my life has brought me greater regret than this whole unfor tunate affair. God has heard my petition and given me the victory over my weakness. With the prayer that my patient and devoted husband, whom 1 have in my mad frenzied misrepresented, will forgive me, I am. Yours for Justice and honesty. MRS. M. N. BftAY. Interesting News Concerning the Race. CLEVELAND HAS ITS TROUBLES Editor of the Gazette gives some good advice which can be followed here in Denver • LUNA PARK AGAIN Out at Luna Park, nearly ev ery day in the year, our peo- ' pie are refused the privileges to skate, dance, bathe, etc., freely accorded to the deni zens of the tenderloin, just so they happen to be “white,” ' who go out there and apply 1 for them. And yet are "Negroes” who will attempt to enrich the treasury of the ' Luna Park management at least once a year, usually in August and September, by at tracting a crowd of their own kind to that place of amuse- j ment. What has become of the Negroe's manhood, self respect, race pride and about everything else, who will so truckle to anything or any body in an effort to make a few “tainted” dollars, for themselves or anything or anybody else in such a miser able way? That the alleged “emancipation celebration,” !on August 4th, and the “pic nic” on August iS, were not I i the financial successes antici- I pated, and the “celebration,” | last year, was a failure, is due to the fact that the great mass of manly and womanly Afro- Americars of this community! fefused to attend them. The few who did, went with apolo gies on their lips, as a rule, and explained that they were there because relatives, some church or other orginization with which they were connect- j ed, was directly interested in some phase of the unfortunate affair. Last year, led by the | lamented Dr. G. A. Sissle, and other members, our Min isters' Alliance of this city I was active in the support of the position The Gazette has maintained all along in this matter. This year the Alli ance farfed to take the loyal and aggressive stand of last year, but individual members of it, like Drs. Chas. Bundy and H. C. Bailey, spoke out! against the "celebration” like MEN, from their pulpits, prior to August 4th. All hon or io them —loyal, fearless and manly race men. Again, the privileges accorded Ne groes in that park, even on August 4th and August 16th, were limited. We are inform ed that the dancing pavillion and roller-skating rink were not opened to them until 6 p. m. and 9:45 p. m. respective ly, andf that the swimmftig pool was closed to them both day and evening, as was the case last year. The crowd in attendance was away below expectations, and the attend ance at the dinner of the “as soci hatpromoted the Five Cents a Copy August 4 affair, also fell short there being many empty plates. The fact that white men and women eagerly en tered upon the floor to dance amongst the Negroes, each evening, in spite of the effort to keep them off, stamps as false the statement that they (whites) object to dancing be side or with our people, in this city. It is this false pre mise assumed by prejudiced managements that cause col or-lines to be drawn in such public places; and it is our people who, with the law fav oring them, permit them to be drawn day after day, and year after. SHAME, O SHAME! The whole conduct of the en tertainments, at Luna ParK, August 4 and August 16, show ed the indifference of the Ne gro managements, toward their rights, and the courtes ies due their manhood (?i and citizenship. And still our short-sighted Negroes contin ue “fattening frogs to feed snaKes”; for, two more of the organizations are announcing ‘outings,’ this and nex t month at color-line Luna Park where they are welcomed on some "special” or particular day out of the three hundred and sixty-five days of the year, ! and even then, in a restricted or limited way. May God help them “to see the light as they should” and stop their efforts at such “business” for .any purpose whatsoever. City New. The Elite Drug Store is well stocked with many toilet articles that help to make girls look well—indoors and outside. Our clerks are always ready to give helpful suggestions. ELITE DRUG CO.. Phone M. 2701. 2100 Arapahoe. GRAND LABOR DAY BALL. Don't miss the Big Grand Bail at Fern Hall, Labor Day Night. This will be the first of the Monthly Informal Balls of the season to be given by the Parisienne Dancing Class. Everybody invited. Monday, Sept ist. Dancing from 9p. m. to 2a. m. Webster's Full Orchestra. There will be a Prize Schottische and Rag Dance. Admission 25c, C. D. Campbell, Proprietor, Edward Jackson, Floor Mgr. It will pay you to keep a look out tor the prices at the Elite Drug Co. A campaign consisting of Sanltol prep arations will soon be on. Do not miss them. ELITE DRUG CO.. Phone M. 2701. 2100 Arapahoe. LOOK. READ. WAIT. For the musical extravaganza, un der the auspices of the Combination Concentration Co-operation Club. Sep. 30. 1913. at People’s Taberi acle. 20th and Lawrence streets, und* r the di rection of Mme. C. A. J. Spires. Gen eral admission 25c. Reserved seats 50c. Further notice will appear In these columns. —Adv. 8-23*13 Spend a penny on your frlond. When they come to visit, or when they leave, when they are slek, or when they have done something worthy of noto, put ' It on a postal card and mall It to ue.