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other cities than the "unspeakable
crime" of the Southern negro. Yet
there is no frenzy over "unbearable
conditions," nor do infuriated citizens
follow up the murders by burning a
f-T!LTrp3'at he stake as a relief to
the emotions an pro bono publico.
I do not mean to speak lightly of
the "un? peakable crime," but I do think
that I am in a position to say that im
pression being so industriously spread
by the Southern press that women
here dare not venture outside their
doors alone is utter nonsense. And
further, save that its hideous brutality
is more shocking, I do not see that
the crime of the negro is more aw
ful in its actual results than the same
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impulse gratified by the more refined
methods of the white man. The
motherless "girl whose death some
time ago from effects of a criminal
operation caused a sensation in a
certain Western city was no les3
surely murdered by the respectable
l?)married man who ruined her
than if she had been attacked sud
denly upon a dark street or lonesoiiiu
country road. And if she- had lived,
the effect upon her character and af
ter life would have been something
to which the fate of the negro brute's
victim is in no way comparable. I
hope that I am not an ungrateful
member of my sex, but truly, con
sidering the moral standards of men
in general, the present crusade to
"protect the purity of white woman
hood" seems to me about the most
exquisitely funny thing that our na
tional life has developed in many
years. It might save the life of a
considerable number- of Negroes if
he who is without sin among the
lynchers could be required, to fire the
first shot. If womanhood is indeed
so sacred a thing, it is hard for me
to understand why it is only to revered
and guarded when accompanied by
a white sKin. aiso tne prouxuon ui
white women against occasional
assaults of black men would ap
pear to be a somewhat inadequate
provision for maintaining the mucu
desired "race purity." The following
pleasant little story of an ex-Confed
erate officer, gentlemen and tatner or
a family, will perhaps illustrate my
Several years ago he and his family
were living in the home of the yo-ing
woman who told the story to me. She
"Colonel Y. was simply wild over
the 'Booker Washington incident;
he could hardly talk of anything else
but the outrage of it, and the kind of
man it must be who would associate
with a nigger. Well, that winter mam
ma had the worst time with her
house-girls; she just couldn't keep
one a month to save her life. Final
ly, when a particularly good one gave
notice, mamma concluded to ask her
why she wasn't satisfied with the
place. She said: 'I like the place well
enough, Mrs. E., but you can't keep
any house-girls as long as Colonel Y.
stays here' Then she told mamma
that that was why every girl had left;
that there was no place in the house
where thev were safe from the ad
vances of Colonel Y.; that he even
stopped them in the halls and fol
lowed them into the rooms where
they were doing up the work." As
this same young lady had previously
recounted to me her indignation at
seeing a colored woman in one of the
large stores actually trying on a silk-
lined suit, "trying to dress as well as
white people," it will not be supposed
that she was influenced by any "aca
demic" doctrines of negro equality
when she ended by saying:
"I don't like . niggers any better
than anybody, but it did make me
tired to hear a man who was ready to
make love to the blackest negro serv
and girl, rant about the 'contamina
tion' of sitting down to lunch with a
man like Booker Washington." .
Since this uncompromising defend
er of "race purity" and foe to "social
equality" is prominent and influential
in high social cirlces, the assumption
seems moderately just that among
his associates his methods of warfare
for social betterment in the South are
considered neither unusual nor unbe
coming. But it would be unjust to
say that all this talk concerning the
"protection of white womanhood is
now confined exclusively to Southern
men. A rather strong novel appeared
recently whose plot hinged upon that
very idea. I read it as the one-sided
plea of a clever monomaniac upon the
paramount Southern issue. Great
was my amazement to learn a few
months later that he was born in Re
publican Iowa. And, speaking of
Iowa, it was its capital city which
distinguished itself not so very long
ago by attempting, even if not so of
fensively as Southern papers joyous
ly reported, to draw "the color line"
in the Presbyterian General Assem
bly: what is even less to the city's
credit, tho less generally known, a
small riot occurred on its streets last
summer because a woman was pushed
off the sidewalk by some disorderly
negroes, and tlie Register and Leader,
known ordinarily for its editorial
championship of the black race, per
mitted an enterprising reporter to
write up the incident in a style that
would have done credit to the most
sensational Southern sheet. The
Southern man may possess an exces
sive share of his sex's chivalric ambi
tion to protect woman from every
masculine brute except himself, but it
is manifestly base slander to assert
that he has a monopoly on it.
Yet, true as this is, the burden of re
sponsibility for the increasing acute
ness of the race issue rests with the
Southerner, for it is his perpetual
harping upon it, rather than "an in
herent race, antipathy," that is upset
ting the Northerner's "academic" no
tion of "abstract" justice' to all men.
Evn in the South it is not "inherent"
rate antipathy thaUis to blame. The
Southerner has no "antipathy" to the
negro as a negro; daily contact with
,him asian inferior excites, not the
slightest emotion. It i3 the black
man's ambition, not his black skin,
that gives offense. An" ignorant col
ored nurse traveling with a white
family disturbs nobody in sleeper or
dining-car; but when educated ne
groes petition the Interstate Com
merce Commission for decent railway
accommodations, for which they are
willing and able to pay, the act is
characterized as "Impudent and un
speakably brazen." The colored valet
of a college student was once the
friend of all the boys; now they will
not live in the same boarding-hall
with a negro undergraduate, and if a
Northern college would be boycotted
by Southern students, it has only to
get a reputation for encouraging
the attendance of black ones. The
negro maid tricked out In her mis
tress's cast-off finery Is not an ele
ment of disturbance; ominous is her
thirst for "social equality" If she pays
for her own silk petticoat. And we
are- solemnly Informed that hitherto
inoffensive negroes who served as sol
diers in the Spanish War came back
from Cuba "completely spoilt" by the
social privileges which they saw there
accorded to members of their race.
If the apparently innocent ambi
tions of the negro are thus estimated,
is it likely that their real offenses
are reported without exaggeration? I
have no desire, certainly, to white
wash negro crime, but It is not always
the negro who begins the trouble
in a late disturbance in Arkansas
even a Southern reporter's version
could not conceal that fact yet he al
ways gets the credit for it. The At
lanta riot was followed in one South
ern town by the posting of threaten
ing notices .upon the houses of even
the most respectable negroes. The
white citizens, touched by the alarm
of these unfortunate creatures, called
a meeting to make provision for their
protection. Its result was a long set
of resolutions, whose numerous
"whereases" opened by announcing
that efforts to educate and elevate the
negro had proven vain, and the dec
laration of its purpose to "protect the
lives and purity of our women and
children" required so much space and
eloquence that the original object of
the meeting was overlooked until the
very last paragraph! It is strange
that we cannot see that if we go on
alienating the better negroes by such
persistent unfairness, if, after repeat
edly calling upon them for co-opera
tion in suppressing crime among their
race, we give a slap in the face to
those who publicly respond to the ap
peal by echoing the sentiment of
many newspapers that "we can never
be sure that tenders of co-operation
now coming Irom negroes in many
portions of the South are genuine,
the plan of closing the dives where
negro criminals are bred, good as it is
in itself, must be surely futile.
Again, however little we like to
day's negro as compared with the de
lightful old-time "mammy" and "un
cle," it is he with whom our genera
tion has to deal, and we cannot bring
back the old type. My old washer
woman is, I confess, more picturesque
ly attractive to me than her daugh
ter, who can read and owns a piano,
but I must in fairness say that the
latter is just as honest and just as
proud of the artistic touches which
she puts upon my summer gowns and
what her mother calls my "wais'es."
Is it not the merest common sense to
cease our lamentations for the ne
gro that is passing away, ana oner
fair recognition and encouragement
to him who now is, whether he would
study agriculture or Greek? Call him
"inferior" always, if that idea is com
forting, but remember that it is not
from the schools that negro criminals
come, and let him be educated for our
safety, if not for his benefit.
As to "social equality," social lines
have ever been drawn, or I am mis
taken, upon considerations of con
geniality. Never having been com
pelled to invite to my house people
whom I found distasteful, I fail to see
why any Southern white man should
ever entertain a negro guest against
his will or why it is any of his busi
ness if a Northern man wish to do so
And since all of us have been in din
ins-cars and hotels with highly ob
jectionable white people and still sur
vived, I suppose that nothing but our
"uncompromising racial pride" would
suffer much from like proximity to a
respectable and intelligent negro
And. finally, I cannot understand
this self-felicitation of Southern schol
ars, lawmakers and ministers of the
Gospel, no less than of thoughtless
people and partisan editors, that "the
North is coming to our view of the
negro." Such men are supposed to
look thoughtfully into the future. Do
they find it, then, an advance step in
the solution of our problem that we
have in our land some millions of
people for whom there is now no
place either North or South --except,
to be sure, our kitchens and our back
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