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THE MISSISSIPPI ENTERPRISE
A NEWS SERVICE FOR MISSISSIPPI NEGROES Published Weekly At Jackson, Mississippi 143 E. Monument Street Willie J. Miller__hL" Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES ^ ONE YEAR __$2.00 THREE MONTHS _ 66c ADVERTISING RATES FURNISHED ON REQUEST TREASURE CHEST “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear.’’ Psalm 27:1. WAKE UP By RUTH TAYLOR This war is not a new war. It is the same struggle of bar barism against civilzation which has been fought again and again in the past. The democracy of Athens went down before the massed armies of the Persians. Once before Rome crumbled un der the onslaught of Germanic tribes. The forces of the East were halted only just outside the gates of Vienna. A tattle in the Straits of Trafalgar, and the snows and cold of Russia were all that turned another would-be ruler of the world back across the Beresina ice to his downfall at Waterloo. So it has been. Such is the war that rages today. We must face the grim reality that we are fighting those who have nothing to lose but their lives. For years they haven concentrated on preparing for this fight. It is easy to say that if they had spent on produc tion what they have on destruction, or intrigue, in inciting ha treds, they could have attained peace and prosperity. It is true but they did not want peace and prosperity. They wanted just what every other gangster has wanted since the beginning of time_ JLOOT. Can we, knowing this, continue to sit back comfortably and say we are the richest nation in the world and that, therefore, we will surely win ? we are the richest- in loot. But in order to win, we must wake up to a realization of what defeat would mean to you and to me. We must put all our forces, mental and physical, to work. We must mobilize all our resources and be ready to sacrfice everything to the all-out struggle to win this war. This we must do now before it is too late. So far our enemies have chosen the time and place for at tack. We waited for the minority to catch up in their thinking, oblivious of the fact that Hitler and his gang were putting on the brakes wherever and whenever possible to slow things up. Wake up! The soft and easy days of peace are gone. In the words of Patrick Henry: “If we wish to be free; if we wish to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending; if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained- we must fight! An appeal to arms, and the God of Hosts, is all that is left us.” WE BUY AND SELL EVERYTHING All Colored Merchants Report To RHODE’S VARIETY STORE For Their War Savings Stamps and Bonds ROBERT RHODES, Mgr. N. Gallatin Phone 4-9415 MONEY WORRIES? SEE FRIENDLY FINANCE CO Incorporated 127. N. LAMAR STREET Brokers - Auto Financing - Personal And Furniture Loans TWO STORES For Your CONVENIENCE Majestis Theatre Four Doors East Building Of Emporium I This Is No Time To Draw Apart Without research or survey it can be stated that there is not a com munity in the South in which Ne greos live that there do not also live some white people who count one or more Negroes as friends. Regard less of the basis of this friendship, |lt is true there, and now is the time of all times in the history of our country for these friends to get to gethei to form some program of mutual cooperation to fend off trag ic incidents of racial conflict that threatens us on all sides. These conflicts, illustrated in the tragedies at Texarkana, Texas and Rome, Georgia, arise out of rumors which spread by word of mouth from one white person to another until the rumor is accepted at a fact, and fear and suspicion poison the entire citizenship. We in the South of both races have turned our eyes away from from our own communities. We in the South of both races have 'turn ed our eyes away from our own communities. We read the things that others say who live in distant parts. These loose talkers are strangers to us, yet we let their words, their boastings, their denun ciations and their demands drive a wedge between us. Negros and white people, so that we come to look upon each other as enemies. The energy which we should expend : „ X;_u * f__ .. . *** uui l'lauuus roes aDroaa is beng spent in creating bogies to terrorize us in our own homes. We want understanding peace and unity in our Nation, an unbroken, an uncracked front to present to our enemies abroad. This solid front can not be attained as a Natiort except as it is attained in local communi ties and individual lives—nor can the front be broken by the unrealistic and hysterical shrieks of demagogues wherever they live or whatever their race, if local people determine other erwise. They are not the mouth pieces of civilized and loyal South erners, white or Negro. They may claim to be, they do so claim, and when we allow ourselves to believe them we are feeding their ego and opening the way to commission of acts of persecution of our own fellow citizens which add fresh fuel to their burning ambition. If we resolve to day to think not so much of the South as some amorphous body, but as a collection of individual commu nities in which individual persons of both races live and in whose hands the fate of the country as well as the South ma yile, we will stop this hys teria which is bred elsewhere and nourished by Southern demagogues. Now is the time of all times in the history of our country when Negro and white friends living in every Southern community need to get to gether and show the Nation an un broken front built on sympathy, un derstanding, and a determination to right any wrong conditions existing the South in their own community. — From the Southern Frontier. Urge Negro Farmers Have Year-Round Victory Gardens Negro farm families of the South can produce 134 million pounds of garden vegetables between now and January 1, according to I. W. Dug gan, directo of the Southern division of the Agricultural Adjustment Agency. He points out that this would be a valuable contribution to the Food-for-Freedom program. Mr. Duggan says that if the 554, 000 Negro farm families in nine Southern states would produce only 40 pounds of fresh garden vegetables each between now and the end of the year, the total production would amount to 134 million pounds, or 4,400 carloads. "There are many reasons,” Mr. Duggan says, "why a lot of our vic tory gardens can still be productive this year and help with the war ef fort instead of growing up in weeds.” He lists five reasons as follows: (1) to provide the farm family with fresh vegetables through December, (2) to help prevent a drain on the heavy food producing areas, thereby releasing more food for our own war warkers, and for the armed forces of the Un'ited Nations. (2) to keep down farm family living cocts, and help prevent inflation, (4) to help maintain better health on the farm, and (5) to help farm fam ilies lay up something for a "rainy day” in War Bonds and Stamps. Mr. Duggans says that farmers can obtain information on the varie ties of vegetables that grow best in their community by consulting the County Extension Agent, or the vo cational agriculture teacher. 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