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■ Interstate laltoa Nawafatara, lac* *u kina At a. Raw Tart lily
l National Advarttmng Repraneutarlva.
Elect A Negro Councilman
T*HL I-ALL ELECTION is in (he offering. Among the
' ai ‘ ous loc-H 1 puhlie of rices to he rilled are three \ acan*
cios in the council, caused by resignations made under fire.
< olored voters of Detroit are getting together and organiz
ing their forces, in an effort to elect a member of the race
to one of these couneilmanic seats.
A committee composed of Arthur Bowman. Willie
. .no Johnson, Onslow Parrish. James St ales. Horace Shif
neld. Samuel Oil.hsons. Frank Roll, Albert Scott. Honrv
Luca> and Kdward Dean, has tailed a meeting to he held
at the Lucy Thurman YWCA Sunday. July 27, at 4 p.m.
l e purpose i> to select a candidate to run for the Com
mon Council, w ho w ill command the hacking of the majori
t'> ot Negro citizens. All social, civic, veterans, and frater
nal organizations are invited to send representatives.
In a h tter to the Prc». Koliert A. ('rump, well-known
I r Hcil 10 pi «iti\v of the A>> uiatod Xcjrro Pross, sup
pest.' the name ot Dr. Scipio (.. Murphy, as a couneilmanic
candidate. Mr. ('rump writes:
“Dr. Murphy, a prominent practicing physician, who
ha . been tor a long t me on the medical staff of the Chil
dren s hospital here, and who has been active in the com
munity Hit' of Detroit t r a long time, is the logical man,
because ot his <iualif’uation>. I hen. too. the name Murphy
has a great political significance in Detroit and Wayne
e vinty. 1 heretore, 1 am of the opinion that if the citizenry
" h " alway- claim they want Negro representation in the
ci’t k r 'eminent, will support Dr. Murphy, we can slip
h ; m in.’*
If i- also pointed out that Labor’s Non-partisan Lea
pt ic. which c ntrols some .*150,000 labor votes in Detroit
and Wayne county, went on record at its constitutional
convention «.t the Fort Shelby hotel in June, as being will
: g to rndoise and support a qualified Negro c andidate for
the Council in the c ming election. This pledge, which
w a- in the form of a resolution, was in tyirn adopted by
nearly all of the tifty union locals represented at the con
vent ion.
Mr. Crump further emphasized the fact that Labor’s
N ui-part;. in l.eag.o in pledging to support a Negro for
Council, made the reservation, "The candidate must
1 e no profev-inra! politician, but a well-qualified man
chosen by the people.’’
Os < o :r>e. 1 h iv are ot her outstanding members of the
vice w are * e ig 'Wgye-ted a- couneilmanic candidates,
a: dl. -:r t rely hoped that from among the number, the
re elected a a candidate will have the unanimous back
ing of colored Detroiters, regardless of political affilia
tion?.
In •Mir opinion, this will be a golden opportunity for
our people t try to elect a Negro councilman in the ap
; •'•;*( htig el' Labor’' Non-partisan League, with it?
.n u’t .* v ting uvngth, ha- promised to support a Ne
gro t it 'me 1 iandida*e. if wo can agree on an accep
:.-ibb n.. ts vc. play our cards wisely, we will have a
g '" ( l ' banco to w in.
- ■! I ■ '■ ■
Keep ’Em Flying
THLKL L- a r age in the 'apply of aluminum needed
for b ,:bil ll g plane.- for Rriti>h and American defense,
;r and o,i (b>\e. nv nt is a'king citizens to donate all scrap
r ! ini': • ;n w ' ich may be lying unused around our homes.
’’.Aii-. re<pu 'ted to look over their cooking uten
r and- i •:• v have any old aluminum pots, pans,
”b »:•■’, discarded aluminum articles tha* can be
’ ■ ’■ and?■ h' (iovc-rnment. All should cooperate in
t 11 ;i' i< campaign to eojlect additional supplies
•■f ’ hi- a metal, w hich is <0 essential in the building
o: plane s.
Tile dr: .e W ill be conducted Thursday and Friday of
fhi' week ir all part- of the country. Scout hoys and other
'"'unteer work' r- w ill go from house to house and collect
whatever -cr.ip aluminum is available. It is hoped that
many thou-and., of ton-.of st rap aluminum will be secured
ir. this campaign.
(in at quantities of electro al current are required in
the production <•;' aluminum. Experts tell us that the
amount of elec trait.' needed to produce one pound of
aluminum would -ipph an average home for a week. At
present, the r.,tion h;»> a limited supply of plants in which
cheap hydro-electric power c an be produced, and until ad
ditional plan's of this type can lie constructed, it is proba
ble that rigid rr'dT’rtinns rriay hare f<> be placed on the
private consumption of electrical current, in order that the
present supply of electricity for the production of alumi
num may c ontinue to be available.
You can help the nation in its defense program, by
donating all the scrap aluminum you have at this time.
O ..... . ■..
Traffic Deaths Increase
DESPITE .ill the special precautions taken by traffic offi
cials and high" av engineers to safeguard human life on
our streets and highways, the traffic toll in Detroit and
Wayne county continues to increase So far this year, the
number of traffic deaths in this area has exceeded those
for the same period last year by some twenty-five. Last’
\e:ir, from January l to July 20. the local traffic deaths
were 125. During the corresponding period this year, the
d*ath toll numbered 156.
Os the number killed in traffic accidents here this
year, about seventy per cent were pedestrians, and of that
number, eighty per cent were adults.
This shows that children are learning to obey traffic
regulations better than their elders. Rome of the adults
killed were reading newspapers while crossing the streets,
v bile others walked absent-mindedly into the sides of
passing automobiles.
Too many lives are being lost and too many automo
biles accidents are occurring on our street*. Let us all,
motorists and pedestrians alike, use still more caution in
driving and walking along the streets and highways of our
community.
THE DETROIT
TRIBUNE
EDITORIAL PAGE
WHY I DISLIKE
THE WORD,
NEGRO
By Isaac Janet
Again I am going to keep my
mouth doted on the subject
and let you listen to the voire of the
people This week, the two letters
below represent the I’nited States
and Canada. They read as follows:
n. F. No. I
Kletrlier. Ont., Canada
July 5. 1941
Dear Mr. Jones:
I have only been reading this
paper for a few weeks. So, l did not
see your first letters .1 am glad to
know that you have st tried In a
great work, continue <*n and victory
will «ome.
In regard to the question raised
by a member of the white race, in
the June -S edition ot this paper—
ves, there is a definite reason. First,
tile dark race is narrowed down to
two words which they are com
pelled to aecept as a group name,
as well as a national name. The
white race has scores of more. It
is not possible to mix a national
name with a group name There
fore. the group name for the dark
race, '■Colored’’ being preferred.
1 The name as white for other races.
Hogs are a little ont of place, they I
will answer the purpose. The word 1
“Negro" is neither a group name 1
or a national name. It is merely it I
nick-name, as there is no Negro na
tion or land. The native home of the
dark lace was Africa. Therefore, in ,
accord with other races, we would!
tie Afriiaiis, Today, we are in an
other land, well mixed with other!
blood Afro-American should he
the proper nationality name. This I |
believe all just thinking American* 1
will agree. I hope that this will!
answer Mr. Pickering's question. I
Yours truly,
r. Shndd
Dear Mr. Jones;
I think this is a very vital de
bate. Well, \<>u want to know,
what the black man should be call-)
eel. 1 don’t like to differ, but I \
and Ait think the word “Negro or Col- 1
ored ’ is the name for me for neither |
is a national name. They say 1 am a j
a national n;ime. There is no conn- |
try by that name. They say 1 am a j
“Negro" herau>e I am lilac . Colored ,
because | am brown, but what they \
mil me dont make me be that. They 1
call the Dalian ’’Digo” hut that did
not make him lie a “Dlgo.” and he !
v 1 :1 never call himself a "Digo,*' J
but I ant anything they call me.
There are two nationalities that
want t > be cal led what they are
pot. They are the Africans, and the
1 'atisasinns.
You s*y "Colored," there are
some dark people in the world In
every rac e So. if I am "Colored’’ j
there are Ims < f so called "white |
people" who belong to the Colored
race.
We can't get any of our so railed
leaflet s to eomment on this sublet t
hrrau«e they want to be whßt they
are not.
From T H <! Reader
Now what's vniir opinions—Write
me at Columbia Street.
Other
Editors
Say . •
Faith Ha» Practical Value
IluasN's resistanc e to the Uerman
invader is mush superior to that
made h.v France, though the latter
was credited with having the ttnesl j
a 1 my on earth, and was more near
ly Germany’s industrial equal. The ,
reason why Russia tights hack j
harder ist iliat the Reds are united. I
Man, woman and child, they de
fend their homeland. # j
We of America may acorn Rus- |
sia hut Russia is doing so much
better than it used to. that it is of
one mind about Itself. The mujik
is a man w ho counts It aa duty and
a pleasure to serve his country. He
l as a lesson for us, who hy custom
have been so busy, each for him
self. that in this emergency we have
trouble being the patriot.
Yet we must, or find out too late j
that in preserving ouh little we
have lost our country nnd with It
our all. From tho very beginning
because freedom has meant Mtrnse
m the unthinking, democracy has 1
! been handcuffed hy selfishness. It
! is possible that the Nazi war rna
-1 chine may crush the Russian, hut
j mankind adverses as men die for
principles.
America should let Russia teach
it this all-out devotion to home
land. We certainly stand In need
of it. Moth government and pegple
heed anew dedication to freedom.
There was too niueli truth In
aircraft's answer to Congress that
iis policy toward Negro workers
' was exactly that of the navy, for a
true American to feel satisfied
about his country. Knowing that It
!is lax about Its democracy with
professed principle cost France Its
national existence. In sharp ron
iltast stands Russia where faith Is
working miracles. Anew deal he
tween the rarws In this country,
much as It would help Negroes,
would help whites mors, because
ithey havs mors and thers are more
of them. Tart time democracy
j which America practice Is an Invi
tation to discrimination.. —Reprint-
ed from Inly IS lasne of the Ktinsaa
|Ctty fall.
*
State Hat Improved
Roadt During Year
LANSING--Contract awards for
| construction and'lmprovement of
i I flfif, miles of highway were let hy
Itha state highway department dur
ing the last fiscal ysar it was an
nouacad this week.
THE DETROIT TRIBUNE, SATURDAY, JULY 26, 1941
The Knight Was Black
SYNOPSIS
lourad (ellst Harry Burton
that ho will rurml Iho dirty
«!«■«I giten th«* Negro motors
and see that they art the new
school promised them. Harry
«h« lot* the prosecuting at*
tornry know that ho dislikes
Ills ruthless attack on Made*
lino Itay. The afternoon in.
slow of the trial opens. Alter
the toatimony of (arson Brook,
the linller. t arrie, the inaid
lake* the Aland—
CHAPTER 4t—(Continued)
“Speak louder,” snapped Judge
Pemberton, lifting his glasses from
his nose he peered at Carrie,
Flustered, Carrie murmured a
quick “Yes air” Hiid look the oath
in a dear voice.
"Miss Fogle,” Philip addressed
Carrie. "YouNe worked with the
defendant several months in the
WnPbeig home?”
“Yes 1 have.”
“Tell us more in detail Just what
the defendant's work was.”
“Well, she was Mrs. Wallberg’s
personal maid hut she also helped
me with the cleaning when I was
extra busy.”
“.Naturally that brought her in
the library quite often?”
I "Yes, us a matter of fai t I left
* the library to Madeline most of the
I time.”
"Hid you at any time see the de
fendant. Madeline Day go to the lib
rary when the deisased was home—
i after hours. 1 mean
A glitter came in Carrie’s eyes as
she said quickly, "Oh, yes air once
I or twice sir.”
“Tell tile court about it.”
"Some months ago" she l»egan,
I “I was in the hall, that’s where the
I linen closet is." Philip nodded,
| Well ! was in the linen room
when 1 saw Madeline go into the
library, she seemed rather flutered
and upset. She was in there quite
a w hile.” she. ..paused a moment,
“Then 1 saw her come out I step
| ped out into the hall. 1 had finished
w hat 1 was doing in the linen room,
| and spoke to Madeline as she left
the library—”
“What did she say -?”
“Nothing, slip didn't speak.”
“flo on—”
“She had money in her hands—a
large roll of hills."
“Anything else ?” Philip asked.
• “Well.” she said tartly. “I ju*t
thought that was a nice kettle of
fish and her pretending to he so
refined ” A laugh from the crowd.
“I object your honor." Dale
rose an appealed to the judge. “The
witness is here to tell what she :
knows not what she thinks—”
“Objection sustained.” Interposed j
the Judge, "and the stenographer
will strike it from the record.”
Philip smiled, starred to speak, I
'then as If changing his mind h» |
shrugged his shoulders and nod
ded to Dale. “Your witness."
(falc approached Carrie with
evident relish, the crowd noted and
a giggle was heard.
Carrie ami Dale a belligerent ■
stare as he faced her.
Miss Knglf,” he began alowl'
“You mentioned a while ago that
you left the cleaning of the library ,
to the defendant—?”
• I did—” I
“Why -?”
“I won’t know—lt was jnst a part
rs the work and I gave her that
part —"
Palo turned his dark piercing
ryes ufon Carrie, "Can’t he because \
you hated your employer so much
that you tried always to avoid
him ”
“Why 1 don’t know—what do you i
mean.” Carrie was turning a bright
(link, she shifted in her chair.
“Isn t it true,” Dale questioned
i"That you hated the deceased and
made no hones about It and often
; said you'd get even with him for
icalling you a name you disliked ”
“I didn't say I’d get even” Car*
; i Ic'm voice rose, ‘M said I'd givf him
j a piece of my mind—”
I 'And yon didn’t hate him —?”
I Carrie swallowed two or three
lime before answering. “I dtdn t
like him very well—l like Mrs.
Wallberg best, that’* all."
"You also said a moment ago."
Dale continued, “that the defendant
went Into the llhrary and stayed
j quite a while—explain to the court
; what you mean by. quite a while ”
| Again Carrie shifted In her
I I hair, looked at Philip before answ
: ering
“Did you mean Miss Engle, five
j minutes fifteen minutes or hours?"
“I can’t sßy Juat how long it was"
she paused
“Yet the impression you were try
ing to convey was, that the defen
dant stayed longer than neces
sary—"
Carrie gave Dale an ineolent
stare as she answered “She went
Into the llhrary to aee Mr. Wallherg
and came out with a flat full of
money—"
“Then the time element dosen't
enter Into It?”
She didn’t answer hut her lips
curled in disdain.
Dale went hack to the exhibit
table, looked over his pspers then
addressed the court stenographer,
"will you please read Miss Knglo
testimony taken on the night of the
murder.
The stenographer read—
"l was In the linen room when I
saw Madeline go Into tha library'
she staved a few minutes and earns
out with some monev In her hand "
"Thank you” Dale smiled and
turned hack to Carrie, whose faee
chsnged from a pink glow to a
violent red.
”tn your previous testimony yen
saw a few mfnntes—hv this we
must nnturallr assume that If was,
we’ll ear. within seven or five min*
jutes, not over ten—"
“Os course I didn’t have a clock
handy—" Carrie snapped.
“It’s not a wise thing to presume
too much, especially when a per
son t* on trial for their life.”
Going hack to the exhibit .tahla
Data then picked up tha atllatta,
the glistening blade brought sup
pressed aha, from tha spaetatora.
I Carrie saw it and leaned back In
j her chair, the color receded from
her cheeks as Dale held the knife lu
front of her.
"You’ve seen this before —”
"Several times," her voice lost its
belligeicucy. ‘‘on Mr. Wallberg's
desk."
"fiver pick it up?"
"Yes. 1 have her eyes were rivat
ed on the shining blade.
Suddenly Dale thrust it forward
"Do you wish to hold it now—”
"No. no" Carrie tried to move
back further 111 her chair. "Take It
away it makes me nervous— take
j 1L away," her voice grew faint.
Philip came forward, "object
your honor--"
"Objection sustained, may I re
: mind the defense attorney that Its
) not good lourt room procedure to
, intimidate a witness."
A profound silence followed as
Dale said "my humble apology to
the court and the witness, hut may
I say this in my own defense. It
did not occur to me that there was
j anything unusual in my request.
! gfter all the witness admitted her
! familiarity with the knife In ques
tion Why the sudden distaste—?"
| He made a courtly bow and re
turned to the counsel table.
Dr. Rranton medical examiner
who was called. He was a square
set man with a strong Intelligent
face. He wore nose glasses which
he adjusted frequently.
He varified his previous report
and told of finding the deceased
Anthony Wallhcrg dead upon his
arrival at the W'allherg estate.
“On examining the deceased." he
stated "I found a small wound, a
piim tore that had severed jc
jugular vein vvas sufficient to
cans.' death."
As lie was leaving the witness
stand. Dale snid, "Just a moment
doctor.
He studied the doctor's report
carefully then askrd "I see you
mentioned in your report a slight
abrasion on the Inner side of the
right hand—?"
The doctor nodded, "Yeti, it was
bardic more than a scratch—"
""’bat Is your idea about this
slight wound— bow could the de
crfl'od have received it—?’’
The doctor thought a moment.
"Well the deceased may have
thrown up his hand to ward off the
blow "
"That’s true." Dale answered
•hotiahlfully. "And he may have cut
his own hand in an attempt to get
in possession of the slilplte—ln a
struggle anything can happen—"
The doctor appeared to he thlnk
j ills then he replied "The cause of
the ahrosion could of course be
j pr< lu nded from more .than one
i angle."
! “I agree with you doctor.” Dale
.answered pleasantly.
1 Terry Hill, the W’allherg head
gardener took the stand. His red
1 freckled fare wore an Indifferent
grin as he took the oath and start
jed to give his testimony. It was
brief and to the point.
In answer to Philip’s questioning.
[ he told of eight years work on the
W’allherg estate. Yes. his admitted
Mr. W’allherg was a hard man to
work for. He wanted things done
his way. If you pleased him you
were ol.ay. hut If not, he shrugged
suggestively.
He admitted seeing Madeline a
number of times, and noticed her
dusting the library several times.
He explained how the entire library
could he seen from the office win
dows of the green house, especial
ly at night when it was lighted.
Dark Laughter
“Oh-Er—-Hullo B»bjr, Uh—l didn’t expect you out hero at the comp today, THa
General jest naked me to kind'a instruct some of these rookies how to peel pota*
toes,**
Yea, he often talked with Mr.
Wallberg iu his library and always
usedused the french doors in en
tering bemuse they opened out ouio
the terrace and garden being ouiy
a few I dot away from the green
house.
Philip asked him if he had seen
him employer the day of the mur
dn. The gardener said he had talk
ed with Mr. Wallberg that morn
ing. Did the deceased appear wor
ried—how did he look to you—?’’
“Thp same as usual —he was
never the friendly type.”
“Where were you that evening—
during the time the murder was
supposedly committed?”
“In the of flic of the grei n house. ’’
“Did you at anytime glance into
the lighted library?"
“Yes,”
“What did you sec?”
“I saw Madeline Day in the lib
rary talking lo Mr. Wallberg."
“What else did you see."
“Nothing nun n she was jus!
standing there, besides the desk
talking.”
"Did she appear angry?”
Terry paused before answering
then h" said “Couldn’t tell—too
far away.”
Terry was allowed to leave the
stand without cross exaniinating
by Dale, the defense attorney
Sam Carter, the second gardener
was called. As he took the stand
his eyes seemed to be searching for
someone. Finally they found what
they sought Fav Wallherg. A thin
smile curved his lip«,
Sam's testimony was given in
differently a« he turned his soiled
gray cop around in his nervous
hands.
Philip's questions wcreforceful.
“How long have you worked on
the Wallherg estate ”
“About six months now,” lie
answered.
"Your work—?”
•’Gardner.”
“You know tlie defendant—?”
Sam shrugged his shoulders. “Yes
I've seen her around the place.”
“On the estate ?”
“Yes.”
“Where did you see her—”
“In the library—?”
“Was she alone—?”
“No. Mr. Wallherg was there.”
“Tell ua the circumstances un
der which you saw her—”
Again Sam looked over the heads
of the crowd, his eves rested for a
moment on Fay, then he answered
“Madeline and Mr. Wallherg seem
ed to he having a tiff ”
“You mean a quarrel ”
"Yes. | saw her with something
in her hand, she was hacking away
from him and ho came over to her
look as if he wa« trying to take
something a wav fro mher.”
“No. I couldn't see what it was"
“Then what happened ”
“1 don't know—they got out of
my line of vision—over In the (v>r
nrr.”
“Didn't you wait to see w hat hap
pened ?’’
“No.” he shugued again. "Whv
soiiild I. I wasn't hired to inter
fere with Mr Wallherg'a personal
aftaira—" A smile of distaste was
on his face.
“Where did yon go after that?”
“Rack to the green house.”
“Did you say anything to the
other gardener. Terry Brill?”
“No. It was neither his business
nor mine.”
“Alter learning of the murder
did you connect the scene in the
library with it— ”
Dale rose and addressed the
Judge. “I ohjert your honor—the
SI 46 St AatofaM Street Conner Columbia—Cliffy
A NON-PARTISAN
NEWSPAPER
•As
A MAN THINKETH
By SAMUEL P. BILLS
“Native Son” It* Lo»»
A Blessing and Godsend
Thank heavens. "Native Son” la
Just about at the end of its rope.
Hint's a blessing, and all of us
ought to applaud loud and long.
For, if there were ever any kind of
play that could well be placed In
the category of "seditious.” "em
barassing," it is that.
I ni not speaking of "Native Son"
prr se, or as it Is written. Cer
tainly, it is rather a modern liter
ary masterpiece. But. Its contents
are dank and disguising, and tend,
on the stage, to product* a sort of
antagonism that just isn’t good.
“Revealing Plays” Are
Usually Short-Lived
I can't figure out just why "To
bacco Hoad'* has had such a long
run. Maybe, it's patronised by
Georgians. (Couldn't Bel (Solilo
quy». I’m not a Georgian and I’ve
seen it twice. But. 1 do know this.
Tobacco road won’t stir tip any
antagonism because It is the (rue
epic of a race and we can’t afford
to kick against what is true.
Our fathers and mothers went
into the air every time somebody
mentioned "Birth of a Nation.” 1
didn’t see it. But. it is ironically
amusing that the originator died in
poverty. For every action there is g
reaction.
“Mulatto” Died From
Literary Dyspepsia
Indigestion brought on the "de
mise*’ of "Mulatto.’ People just
couldn’t "stand the strain." Re
gardless as to that influence and
position the Negro had in the plan
tat ion home. People just didn't
ant the play. (And box office re
ceipts make or break a playi.
The only conclusion, then to
reach, in that theater-goers want
that which is most pleasing, which
is funny and entertaining, hut not
that which is enlightening.
Personal Objections
To The Masterpiece
Surely, | object to turther per-
prosecutor is attempting to lead
the witness Into citing his person
al opinions.”
The judge sustained Dale in his
objections and directed Philip to
continue. But Philip hud turned
back to the counsel table after giv
ing Snni the witness a prolonged
stare. At the judge's words lie in
clined his head and said, "I’ve com
pleted examination, Mr. Weston."
Dale thanked Philip and took his
place before Sam.
The smile left Sam’s face as he
looked at Dale and in Its place
came a look tinged with contempt.
Dale however pretended not to
notice the sneering expression.
"I have just ope or two questions
Mr. Carter,'' he said quietly. "Ao
cording to the police reports, the
murder took plac e around ten flity
ftve. Both Mr. Brill and yourself
have stated here on the witness
stand, that you saw the defendant
in the library around that time.
Were you gentlemen working In the
garden that time of night—?"
Sam wailed an instant before
answering. "Well he finally said,"
We sometimes work on the flow
ers in the green house after hours.
And that night we were cheeking
over some plants that were to be
placed in the sun room.”
(Continued Next Week)
BY OL HARRINGTON
formances of this p|. ty , hll .
the book and it., godthili '••22
Bigger Thomas wa» ri o , u '. !' J *
thing that combine., actiutu! # L
Negroes with communist *
ought to be avoided, ihe wT**
never make a "Fifth
cause he is a loyal . 1 *
Therefore, he must keep a *“!?*>
tag this period of war and p r JjT
ganda. from anything that w 2
cast the least reflection „„
Purther than that, it ,
me that the theme is a
stretched. The aver**, wh J, f
er sitting dow„ to ponder It 1
what happens within (hose sever,
hundred pages and tii.
stage acts, unconsciously r , 56ota
to a Idas. He would v\,,u ( j,. r
ei such might not i„ , ru#
the best foot niU't be put fort,"
What Is Good Reading?
Reading Between Line*—
There was a time when „
wrote according to u stand** *
by others. He dar- not th J
beaten path. In the old days 0 f th«
stage murder was c ommitied b»
word and not before the eyes An?
writer who dared discus* aß y deh
cate situation would he ncoitatJ
and doomed to the Imttomeit *7
Kven some of the profounciest re.
] isious writers saw the hooks hum.
ed before their very e*rs in th*
town squares.
But. heaven help u< Thera|i
every kind of literiituie fo r every
kind of mind Immoral pmrnkiir
Inspiring disgusting, unfair, prnpt!
ganda. biased, diseased- siph are
they. A few books are written rn*
for worthwhile purpo-rs. \> Jr j.
everything rhe , n nt es „f f th|
press to sell regardless of rrsuit*.
Are Our Negro Writer*
Going Haywire—Yeah?
The major pnrti n ..f reading
material’’ put out by the most of
our race w riters ought to he reedtt.
ed. or better, rewritten. Most of
them are distorted And. the funny
part ntymt it is that thr,e folk,
get righteously indignant she*
somebody says something, you had
as well stick your head into i
hornet’s nest as to express vour
opinion. However I’m not biting
my tongue when I say that «e need
anew school of thought in .\>iro
literature.
Too many of our writers »r»
turning to the "yellow " type of
tMng. You stnrt sailing on their
literary ships and before yon get
to the end. you are pa '■eated and
aching from "sealeg*. ." That’* why
we don’t have any he-t sellers
A Better Way Out
Writing Differently
I.et’s think of Am< ■ a in turn!
o' a gfeat commnnwe iltli. when
every race is entitled t r> kn->* of
another race. Our writer, ought to
see this. Get ordinary theme, of
living and dress them up-thm’i
the way. But away wi-h thi- mm
of taking something bordering on
rape and destruction despoiling or
ignorance! if w e take the license to
lowrate ourselves, what do we r|.
pert of somebody else’
Who started this new vigshond
ish atyle, anyway? Year, ss> Pun
bar wrote decently. His 1 yrieea
were beautiful and felling Henry
O’ Tanner put oh i atnas ideas that
brought the French nation to their
knees. Rut now our poet* hm*
gone haywire! Our pois:, lans or*
putting all kinds of Jitterbug Hit
her on paper. And in general H
we keep going at this pure whit
we call culture will disappear.
Under The Spreading
Chestnut Tree
Poets have sold Hun *>"ul» W
a nieaa of potage. They get a f«*
lines together, whether they nink*
sense or no. slap on a 'spll’B.
and call themselves "rhymester*."
A musician pols niixr* chreunstk*
with diatonlca and comes out with
a "new composition.” Go,pel writ
era go Into the blue* files and
comes out with "something ns*.
But. how many of them set
from tha mob. muse and w rite Ha*
commune with God? Precious f**-
No longer Is it the sunse;. the slow
ly moving river. moonßlew ”>>*•
rather, it’s the clicking of th#
train wheels, the barking of tn*
dog or the devilish waiting of tom
rata on the bac k fence. It’* not*
matter of love on the spiritual b’ l
It la the new kind (Handout lore)
Crumbling Foundation*
Af Our Very Own Door*
We. the American Negroes. *r*
to blame. We’ve got to get up * B
demand anew style of wr, !' n f:
have no objection to hooks deans*
with plantation life, with '»*
the Negro family—with novel*
romances on Negro love But.
strongly object to any fun
printing of whatever is s , ’ ln *
place ua In the category of ' ne
he'*"
Negro culture i* Just s" 1
tnnt as any other We hive a
lure. Wo have intelligence
dignity, though some don’t ar '
It. Wo have contributed to th *
total of living, we ere Amer rajj-
But we cannot further tolerate
terpretatlona by our writer
Borne auoh reason a" 'Teresiw--
I Am Os My Fatal
I Am theCepUin of My
A race mult defend
world la a matter of C " ,B * rk —
The Golden Rule scarcely g
unleaa tome poor coul ... l 0
wit h anew scheme. Ererybody
out to get the other fellow
body lea "Refiner” with a
somebody else. . ...
Our deatluy es a rare l» ' P |lg .
And a good deal of H will
on our literature. For. P** I
read. And. when th- >• r * ge
form opinion*. Do wr*** , Rap .
rated, then. «a
lata," "moionar N« ! rh \ h ,nki B <
"Nothing 1> SO bad but th.nk^
makes It *O," won 1 o«f
better go beck to v|1 j
wagon* to the atara or *
be grorallßf lo the du«

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