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The Chicago Whip
Am Independent Newspaper Published Every Week Vol. J August 27th, 1921 _ No. 25 PublUhod by THE MAC NEAL PUBLISHING COMPANY iTncorpo-.tecn CHICAGO OFFICE: S420 STATE STREET. PHONE: VICTORY 4606 JOS. D. BIBB, L. L B..I Editor. WILLIAM C. LINTON.. • I HENRY H. PROCTOR . .City Editor A. C. MAC NEAL.. M.n.yrr Terms of Subscription (Payable in advance)I #»• Yaav...$2.00 Sin Month*.$1.25 Three Mentha. 75c Admitted a* second clap* matter. Oct. 21. *19, at tha Post Oiile# at Chicago. ID., jnder the Act of March 8. 1810. __ ADVERTISING RATES ON APPLICATION All unsolicited rtidea, manuscripts. letters and pictures sent to ths CHICAGO WHIP are sent at the owner's risk, and the CHICAGO WHIP expressly repudiates any liability or responsibility for their safe custody or return. All communications roust be aent in the name of the CHICAGO WHIP. No attention whatever paid to unsitfbad matter. It tamps must accompanr all queries and manuscript. WITH DUE REGARD FOR RIGHT, WITH PURITY OF MO TIVE IN OUR EXPRESSION, WITH CONSCIENTIOUS COMPASSION FOR STRICKEN HUMANITY, WITH UN STINTED CREDIT TO THOSE WHO MERIT, WITH TRUTH AS OUR GUIDE POST AND LOVE AS OUR INSPIRATION, WE HAVE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO THE WORLD OF JOUR NALISM. WE HAVE DEDICATED OURSELVES TO PUBLIC SERVICE. Our Sorrow Songs Those plantation melodies, those plaintive cadences of the slave, the folk lore songs of the American black man, are still with us and they seem in popular demand. Musical authorities have de clared that these songs are the only distinctive types of American music. The crooning tunes of the slaves may satisfy the aesthetic ears of the music critics, they may reflect the mark of ingenious composers, and the sweet, sorrowful strains may, like the “lute of Apollo”, cause the song birds to close their lusty throats and the mountains to bow their snow-capped heads in tears, but as sweet as the slave songs may be it is time for the black man to get away from the relics and memoirs of slavery. Whenever black people set the stage for a “great affair” and invite “interested” white people to attend, some pale-faced guest will write a note to the master of ceremonies kindly requesting that a plantation melody or slave song be rendered. Forthwith a shrill feminine voice will peal out in quivering notes, “O, Rocks Don’t Fall On Me,” or maybe “Massa’s In The Cold, Cold Ground,” perhaps the “Swanee River.” She will be joined by a thunderous basso and j soon the walls of the meeting place will swell with rolling sound waves. Like new born thunder the song will rise and then it will fall pathetically into the piteous wail of the “half man”, the human beast of burden. It is the cry of the crushed and cowered slave and we hate it. For fifty years the slave songs have been resung and they have beaten for fifty years the memory of slavery in our minds. These i songs bring to mind the burning lash of the overseer, the bloody auction block where black boys and girls were bartered away like ; cattle, where babes were snatched from mother’s arms. They bring back to memory the lust of slave owners and the cause of fatherless mulatto children. The slave songs, which some poetically describe as our sorrow sengs, brand us, they scorch and seer us and destroy such little race pride as we now boast of. These songs may be wonderful as musical creations but they would choke up the throats of red-blooded men and blind them with fury. Can anyone imagine a virile race like the American Indian singing a melody bemoaning the demise of his master. The Indian was conquered and almost annihilated but never enslaved. He couldn’t be. The stigma of slavery militates strongly against the recognition of the American black man by other great races. The fact that he was enslaved was no fault of his, but the fact that he still sings slave songs is his fault and one for which he will be held accountable by the third and fourth generations. If a firmer race pride is desired, if the color black is to be made just as much a standard of glory a:\ the color white, the black man must think of those things which reflect pride and glory. It has been claimed, end perhaps on good authority, that the black man himself feels that he is inferior. Neither sympathy nor common sense can justify such a position. History, tradition and even le gends themselves give the lie to any such balderdash. The black man built up the world’s first civilisation, made the first contribu tion to art and science and the two hundred and fifty years of' American bondage is such a short period in the eternal flight of time that it should be erased from his mind for all purposes which arc not beneficial. If the “Sorrow Songs” of slavery are such wonderful musical creations and are the only distinctive American melodies, let the white man sing them, let him sweep the world with their peculiar charm and originality. There are sterner tasks for us to perform. The black man needs no sorrowful slave songs. The same genius which created them is with us and cam now be used in the production of Pride Songs and new melodics which will awaken the sober qualities of manhood which at present seem dead. If one song can be written free from burlesque and satire, a song glorifying the building of the pyramids and the grandeur of black folks, we would forget all about the “Swanee River” and the “Land of Cotton.” Should Abolish Ku Klux Klan Members of Ku Klux Klan arc scattering infamous propaganda in Illinois. This is being done not withstanding the fact only a few weeks ago the Illinois Legislature passed a resolution condemning and scoring this organization. Wild tales are told of purpose of the Klan. Some say that it is nothing more than clandestine Masonry, others say that it is a tool of capitalism, which intends to aid in the suppression of strikes and counteract the sowing and rooting of radical propaganda. There are some, however, who know the real purpose of this organization. It is a significant fact that Jewish people and Irish Catholics are barred from the clan. One thing is clear, that is the organization carries the stigma of its past actions with it wherever it goes. The Knights of the Klan terrorized the black people just after their liberation and wrought havoc with northern carpet baggers. We have no carpet baggers now and only the ex-slaves are left for them to persecute. If the llinois Legislature is willing to score the activities of this organization in other states it certainly will not allow it to function here. The civil authorities need no underhand organization to sup plement or complement the enforcement of the law. The Ku Klux is offending the spirit of American laws itself and it should be driven out of this country. We do propose, however, to apoeal to the con science of the Klan. That is the duty of pulpit, not the press. Health Hints By Dr. Troy Smith Another essential in the program of keeping well is the formation of regu lar habits. Much sickness is brought about by irregular I habits, lack ot ex ercise, improper ] diet, hurried cal - ing at meals, not chewing the food properly, not enough w a t e r drinking between following are a meals and undue exposure of the body to wet and cobl. Many diseases of the stomach and intestines may bo traced to er ror in diet. The few rules that are commonly violated hv sufferers of the diseases of the or gans of indigestion: til Do not overload the stomach at one time. Jn-1 because the food taste* good and is there for yon. remember there is another day and another meal that will taste just as good. (2) Have a regular time for eating vuur meals. If yon cat two, three or four meals a day, have regular hours to cat them. (3} Take your time when you eat and chew your loud properly. Remem ber that when you masticate your food into a finely divided bolus you are aid ing your digestive glands in your stomach and intestines to get more nourishment out of your food (4) Don't make it a habit of eating too many cold lunches. Too many cold drinks and too much ice cream taken after a meal will retard diges tion. In regards to the kinds of foods, the following rules are good to follow : (1} Foods rich in vegetable libers, such as celery, cabbage, string beans, dried beans and lentils with their hulls, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, onions, raisins, figs, prunes and other fruits eaten with their skins, cereals from which the bran lias not been removed, such as rolled oats and wheat Bran tnay be used in the form of bran bread, muffins or crackers (2) F'oods rich in vegetable acids, such as lemons, oranges, tomatoes, ap ples. cider and other fruits and fruit juices, except blackberries. Fruit juice should be taken early in the morning or late at night Fruits may be eaten liberally at meal times. (3) Foods inducing slight gas for mation, such as honey, molasses, spin ach. onions, cauliower. Gas tends to break up the masses in the intestines and lias a stimulating effect. Carbon UNDER THE LASH OF THE Y, M. Co A. News The University Students held their regular meeting at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon. A short program was ren dered including Mr. Mitchell of Okla homa who spoke on “Race Conscious ness." Miss Clarissa Diggs, vocal solo ist. Miss Cornelia Lampton. piano so loist. and Miss Ethel Ethnic, dramatist A very interesting meeting i> prmmscd tor next Sunday at 5 fcfflock All poi sons ire invited to attejul Robert F. Tinsley, General Activities Secretary, accompanied h\ members of the Armour Glee Club. King D. Tong.' Director, and Thomas Walter- Dra- j matie Reader, will hr the speaker for j the Christian Endeavor* m the Buena j Memorial Presbyterian Church. 4.101 Sheridan Road Sunday, \ugust .ihth. • Subject: "Two Men and I* wo Prayers.” George R. Arthur. Executive Secre tary. and Mrs. Arthur are enjoying! their vacations at Idle wild. Michigan. Despite the cry of hard times, large i numbers of visitors are coming to Chi cago. All are welcome to visit our ; building. Gymnasium swimming pool, dormitory and caftyria always open fdr inspection. Baseball games every afternoon. 5 o'clock. at Bcutner Playground. JJrd Street and Wentworth Avenue Free. RECENT ARRIVALS \Y. A. Tyrcns, Dcs Momo. Iowa. R 1’. Hyde. Des Moines. Iojva Re\ Frank I.. Tate. Dayton. Ohio. Dr. I. B. Kigli. Birmingham. \!a. H. \V. Jameson, Peoria. Ill (ieorge and Paul Jackson Spring field. O. Richard Hamilton. Columbus. Ohio. Thomas A. Moore. St Louis, Mo. Lorenzo F. Dyer. New York City. Charles (_». Mortimer, Lo- Angeles, i Calif. J \Y C Ross. Detroit. Mich West Baden, Ind. — Mr- Dave Gee has returned home; I the sick have improved and the church i. doing fine.***Mrs. G. Woody's trip north was of great benefit to her. atcd waters are likewise serviceable in thi> regard. V egetable* arc. of course, most acceptably taken as salads, served with olive oil, which has a laxative ef fect (4) Water, especially if taken early in the morning on an empt}’ stomach, is helpful, except w^ien there is a lack of muscular tone. purgatives, mineral waters and patent medicine* should be strictly avoided, as they tend to enslave the bowels. Constructive Criticism of Men and Measures, In the Hope oj Correcting Errors and Evils. If the exposure* which the Daily News is making of the gamb ling syndicate and other flagrant vices were pure unadulterated reve lations of conditions the political power which makes these conditions possible would be speedily forsaken. These exposures, however, arc colored with race prejudices and spiced up with frills which leave the southsiders bitter. If the Daily News and the Chicago Tribune would stop to consider that the back bone of the Thompson political ma chine is in the second ward, they would realize that a spirit of fair play and equity would wean away the black people who support it more deftly than insinuations which bring up the race issue. The Chicago Whip is opposed to crooked political machines. It is also opposed to sinister methods of showing up the black people. Tell the unvarnished truth and leave out “black and tan” propaganda. Leading black citizens in Chicago are learning new dance* and sipping up cabaret liquids while the Ku Klux is getting a foot hold and gaining membership. If there is any virture at all in the Ku Klux it is that it seems to be bent on wakening up the black man. Jesse Binga, well-known south side character, Irish Catholic and Negro banker, laughs at the exposure of his vice-president, Charles Jackson’s, connection with the great vice ring in Chicago. Jackson is said to have liquor concealed in coffins and also to have been the proprietor of a gambling den. While these connections may net offend Binga, and it is no more than natural that they should not, ; they offend others who have taken pride in the only state bank that | black people in Chicago can boast of. The ministers of the city should demand, and it is reported that they shall, Jackson’s removal from official capacity in this public institution. Binga may have built the bank but the best citizens in Chicago do not intend to sec him ruin it. Late developments in the failure of the Senate to confirm Henry Lincoln Johnson, show that a prominent educator (black) has taken an uncompromising stand against “Line” and the reason assigned is the handling of the campaign funds. Johnson handled the funds all right. He handled them for the best interest of himself. All of us are unable to ferret out what he did for the Grand Old Party. One good brother in writing to Editor states that he had better be careful in handling the Ku Klux Klan issue. He states that it would be wise to bear in mind the late riot. The riot is well in mind and if another should be staged in Chicago the Ku Klux will surely have a hand in it. We can expect to gain very little by invoking sympathy. The writer thinks it a good idea to send a petition to the big bully and ask him to stop kicking us. They don’t settle affairs by petitions in America, if they did some of us would be President by now. “Get a Liberty Life Policy — And Be Liberated99 ■ LIBERATED EMPLOYS NEGROES IN ALL DEPARTMENTS Qr Ci Co BARS Nt&BOl* . FROM inVf.ATlHQ %'JU HIGHER BATIJ TO Rt<**Ol.S AT LAST can £et a Life Insurance Policy of the A highest grade with a Company that knows no discriminations. 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