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The Statesman
C. A. FRANKLIN, Editor.
Office 1026 Nineteenth Street. Phone Main 7905.
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Colorado.
TOO MANY DOORMATS.
Ostracism and Education Must First
Get Rid of Negroes Who Lack
Self-Respect Before We Can
Command the Respect
of Others.
It has so long been the habit of
Negroes to rush into court to prevent
restrictions upon their civil rights
that the custom has a sort of sanc
tity among us. We are not deterred
by the repeated verdicts against us.
When Coatesville frees its lynchers
and a Denver court decides that the
law permits "a reasonable segrega
tion of the races” our laith in the
majesty of the law is still so strong
we seek no other means to secure un
trammelled civil rights.
In this dilemna, common sense dic
tates a change of tactics. Let’s see
what we can accomplish with tnel
money we spend for daily necessities J
and luxuries. Under present condi- j
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tions, when one Negro is refused a |
desired seat in a theater, a dozen j
others rush into seats set apart for
them. We are refused food and drink
in one white restaurant or saloon and
forthwith take our patronage over to
another. We might present many such
instances to show that we have not
given proper value to the power we
have as patrons. Yet these will suf
fice to illustrate our contention that
the race will not command the respect
of its white neighbors until it be
comes self-respecting and through
education and ostracism gets rid ot
its doormats.
We believe that we should have
equal privileges in theaters and other
places of public entertainment. Bui
how in the name of common sense
can we justify the ease wit hwhicli
we yield the point we contend for in
the courts, when we pay for the very
seats which we inveigh against? Does
our defeat in the courts justify us in
being doormats, contemptible weak
lings who will thrust ourselves upon
white people even if we have to bear
the brand of pariahs in so doing? For
every Negro who protests against tilt
inferior seats permitted him, a dozen
of his brothers cheerfully climb up to
the peanut gallery and seem happy at
the chance. No wonder a judge and
jury do not consider that any dam
ages are due the Negroes who fight
civil rights oases because of insulted
dignity, with the overwhelming evi
dence Dial othei Negroes, apparently
as intelligent and respectable, ai\
happy under the same conditions.
What makes our action the more
ridiculous and contemptible is that
theaters are not a necessity. They
are for entertainment. If Negroes are
so foolish as to be entertained amid
the humiliating conditions prejudice
makes, they are human doormats, that
are under foot because they choose to
be there. All the civil rights cases
cannot make men of such clods. This j
is a bitter truth! Now is the time to j
see it and to set about being self- •
respecting. Until we do that, let’s .
not complain so much that others do ;
respect us.
Now let us consider how we act in
the matter of eating and drinking, j
When we are refused in the fashion- !
able hotels, restaurants and saloons,
tiie great majority of us simply go to
other white hotels, restaurants and
saloons. When our patronage has
made them prosperous, they move fur
ther up town, and themselves become
the fashionable places which discrim
inate. We don’t have to prove these
conditions, for few of us have failed
to observe them.
It makes no difference with the
doormats that colored businesses have
been opened largely as a protest
against prejudice. They do not want
equal rights half so much as they
want to thrust themselves upon white
people who do not want them,
'through insult and abuse, they rush
in to spend their money in shabby
places which are in no degree better
or even as good as our own places.
All the talk about better goods and
better service is buncombe, and any
reader of this article who does not
believe us, need only peer into some
of the murky holes conducted by
white people which do a large colored
business. These doormats lack self
respect. The most, glaring proof of
this fact is the satisfaction which
some of them get from patronizing a
Uarimer street barrel bouse which
has made one man’s fortune and who
repays their patronage by refusing
them even the porter job in other
fine saloons which he conducts for
strictly white trade. Think of this!
Instead of the indignation meetings
and the resolutions, condemning all
or part of the white people for de
priving us of our just due, it is com
mon sense that we should first set
our own house in order. Court cases
fail us because white people despise
us just as we despise ourselves. First
let us say to the world that our money
is going to be spent as becomes men
and women. The business man, white
or black, who gets it, must treat us
right, must respect us as we respect
ourselves.
JUST AS THE LEAVES FALL, ONE
BY ONE.
One need not be an alarmist to see
that something radical needs to be
done to overcome the loss of employ
ment by Negroes in Colorado. Where
in certain lines large numbers used
to find work, they are being rapidly
supplanted and it tests one’s ingen
uity to find other openings which
have come to us to offset these.
The loss of domestic service is
really alarming. Laboring work has
almost gone. Skilled labor, reflect
ing labor unions, has combined
against us. Railroad service is slip
ping away. Some openings have been
made in our favor, but not enough or
them.
Negroes need to realize these facts.
They have worked for less money
than the men at their elbows only to
find that the tendency to eliminate
STANDARD 5™
Lawrence Street, between 16th and 17th
A GIFT OR YOU
~ Ab raham Lincoln was one of our
(TS/m '' (/ v' * greatest men. He deserves to be. and
ffp jjT } *'* y ~§ _: _ i SHOULD be. remembered in every
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(if */ j jjl Come in and see our fine display of
'vllm f r \l ’nil household goods. You will surely
IKm |7 ’Y '//!) want something new to brighten the
• y YWnPP a * home for Christmas. We will give
you 3,1 the credit y° u wan * and on
i IJ| J p BRING THIS COUPON WITH YOU
4 Rooms Full of it for $l4O
Four Rooms
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THE STATESMAN-
them has in no wise been lessened.
To our mind the one thing which we
have not tried —by “we” we mean the
great mass of Negroes—is competi
tion in quality and not in price. We
have permitted our employers to pay
us less for similar labor and it has
(lone no good. Since we must work,
why not see if we cannot retain our
places by giving a better service. We
I know well that now it is a common
saying among us that we have t' do
more than anybody else, but we
should remember that so long as our
work is unskilled, we are in com
tion with the greatest number oi
workers and our price is necessarily
low.
We must be .preparing for some
thing better. We must move upward
step by step, doing our work at all
times in such a manner as to recom
mend us for promotion. We realize
what a hindrance color i sto promo
tion, but if the colored unskilled la
borer finds employment largely be
•ause he is cheaper than the white,
why is it not good sense for him to
become skilled and then in a better
paid trade work for less than his
white competitor? Why if he must
be the underdog, need he be that in
the poorest paid class of labor? It is
hard to climb, but climb we must or
perish. If you do not believe that
one by one the opportunities we have
had are slipping from us, just as tin
leaves fall from the trees, count
them as they go. Then take council
an dact.
DENVER NEWS
Oliver Hardwick is preparing to
put an automobile for hire on the
streets. He has operated one before
and means to -give the public good
service. He is one of the experi
enced drivers.
j. B. Oglesby has opened a picture
framing business at 2632 Wei ton
street. He intends to make a feature
of enlarging as well. He will be open
for business in a few days.
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Mr. and Mrs. James Martin are now
living on Emerson with Mrs. White.
Mrs. Eliza Armstrong is in St. An
thony’s hospital improving. Her sis
ter has come to the city from Kansas
City. v
Mr. and Mrs. Mayo have a fine baby
boy.
Mrs. Pyles has returned to the city
after a visit East and South as far as
Tennessee.
LESSONS iN TYPEWRITING.
Get your practice on the leading
machine in the typewriter's world,
the Remington, 'atest model. Eliza
beth Fisher, 2353 Grape street. Phone
York 2826.
The Pride of the West Cleaning
Works does all kinds of cleaning,
pressing and repairing of men’s and
1916 Arapahoe St. Skinner and
Grimes, Props.
Women’s clothing. Phone Main 7823.
Mr. Budd Davis has returned from
his trip to Trinidad.
Miss Lena Harmless left Thursday
for Greeley, where she will spend a
few months.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wright of Har
mon are the happy parents of a girl,
horn Wednesday.
Mrs. J. G. Adams is indisposed.
To the Sttaesman:
Mr. E. B. Gehm of 2248 Lawrence
street will be assisted by little Mr.
Earl D. Gehm in serving high toast
on Thanksgiving. Nov. 30, 1911, from
high 10 to low fi, at 2835 I.awrence
street. MRS. ARNOLDS.
Mrs. J. A. DeNeal of Glen wood
Springs is in the city visiting, stop
ping with her sister, Mrs. Gibbs of
Humboldt street.
jas. Abernathy has had the time
of his life on his visit East and is
again at home.
AFTR THE FOOT BALL GAME
GO TO THE
GRAND BALL
AT
EAST TURNER HALL
GIVEN BY
The Autumn Leaf Club
THANKSGIVING NIGHT, NOV. 30
In Honor of the 9th Cavalry Foot Ball Team
GOODMAN’S ORCHESTRA ADMISSION 50c
YOUR HOME CAN BE FURNISHED
AT VERY SMALL COST
Any quantity of Furniture yon may need. One piece or more
will be delivered to your home
POSITIVELY AT WHOLESALE PRICES
This is for the Residents of Denver Only. Our Salesroom and
Warehouse are on the tracks at
2016 BLAKE ST., 2 Blocks from Larimer St. Car
Largest shipment of Rugs we have ever received. The are
IxlJlfN from the Four Leading Mills the United States. All of the
' 1 .atest Desigi s.
9x12 Axminster Rugs from $17.50 to $11.50, a saving for you
of $lO.OO to $15.00 on a Rug.
Small Axminster Rugs, each from 90c up.
ve O lnrgt* shipment just received. Prices will sur
I ul IUI sJUll> prise you. We save you fully T»0 per cent or more.
Baby Carnaps “emftM 00 $5 50
This is not a week or ten day* sale, but tr . <• pru-« an g ' ;1
as the present stock However, they will sell very fast and we Hug
Rest that you make your uli ction n>w act d nat e a mall ■ posit to bold
them until you need them.
F. M. FRANKLIN & SON *
OPENING OF THE
NEGRO DOLL
SEASON
National Negro Doll Company of
Nashville, has Announced Its
Opening for 1911-1912
'T’HERE was great rejoicing when the Negro National Doll Company
A announced that .the season was open anu that their dolls were
ready for sale and shipment for the coming Christmas. Every per
son who desires to have one of these dolls or who knows of any friend
who wants a Negro Doll can be supplied with one, if you have not seen
a real Negro Doll, or if you have seen one and want to see the new
creations send 6 cents for Catalogue. “No trouble to show goods” is
the motto of the Negro Doll Company. We have dolls for the children,
grandchildren and all the relatives. “Negro Dolls for Negro Children”
is the slogan that seems to be ringing around the world.
Send 5 cents for a Doll Book and Price List.
NATIONAL NEGRO DOLL CO.
519 Second Ave., North, Nashville, Jenn.
R. H. BOYD, President. H. A. BOYD, Manager

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