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SATURDAY, JULY 4, 1942
OPINIONS -x-< Published Every Friday by THE SOUTHERN NEWS COMPANY EUGENE SMITH. President-Publisher PHONE 7660 Home Office: BOX 464 279 SOUTHSIDE AVE. ASHEVILLE, N. O. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 1 Month * - 2 ® 3 .Months « Months 1 Year 2 00 Entered as second class matter November 25, 1988 ’ office at Asheville, North Carolina, under the Act of March 3, lb » INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL FOR OUR W. N. C. GIRLS in the North Carolina Social Service Conference that met in Winston-Salem this week a resolution was passed that Governor J. M. Broughton and the General Assembly of 1943 provide a State Industrial training- school for Negro girls. The fitness of such a resolution is beyond question tor it has long been the concensus of opinion that our ghls have been neglected. Every d,ay we see on the street gills who possess capabilities for being trained into useful womanhood but who either through sheer neglect oi cir cumstances have wasted their usefulness. This condition perhaps is especially true in our section where the nearest finishing school is 125 miles from here. Since such an idea has gained the appaoval of that body it should be given very high consideration by us here, who should use our influence to get the resolution passed in the assembly and after it passes there if per chance it does, the bid should be for Western North Caro lina, particularly Asheville, for the site. The need and results are obvious. WHERE ARE OUR LEADERS? Last week The Southern News received a questionnaire from Council for Democracy of New York City asking for the names of some Negro leaders in Western North Caro lina. The chief need of the Negroes of Asheville today is sincere leadership that is directed toward no personal gain or honor, but a leadership that is directed toward the com mon good —a leadership that will secure the unanimous desires and please of Colore< People and will place them fearlessly before those in authority to see their fulfillment. Too long have the colored people lacked such a leader. With in the past few years there have come into t\e Land of the Sky some well meaning rac ■ men (pho hay,- th< undaunted courage to express the vice of (their people for justice and equality but these misunderstood persons became the targets on which the pois >nous venom of teelfish members of their own race was spread. They were lied upon, be trayed, .accused falsely c>f starting insurrections by ambush ed monsters who dared not show their faces openly. Some of these worthy citizens finally played the policy of let alone rather than stand under the hammer of ignorance, consequently the Negro population of Asheville still longs for a Moses, even though there are members of this race who are in positions to contact the powers that be and who are held in their esteem personally to such an extent they do not have the moral courage to speak for the welfare of their group lest they receive criticism and lose prestige of the other race. We are amazed when we think that most of these weak boned persons can boast of educational at tainments which we would think would make them more mindful of the disorder ,and would spur them to help cor rect these ills. On the other hand, there are some in dividuals in less exalted positions, lacking the titles and degrees, who would like to see some of their ills cured but are not in position to make the contacts with the proper authorities, and who would readily pour out the desires of thei rpeople. Memories remind us that on some occasions these courageous souls have made attempts to present their grievances but they found themselves double crossed. It is doubtful thpt those in authority ever know that the Negroes here do not have a leader fm* who is . to tel' them? Certainly not the contacting i'c,.e for it would dim their light, and the others dare not try for they will be accused of Communism for they know that the popu lation is too small for such an idea even to start. Perhaps sluggish thinkers do not know that progress can be obtained through other means th,an violence—that it can be ac complished through reasoning. We are still looking for a Moses. Who will he be? A PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES From the Writings of Dr. Charles Stelzle Thou Great Sovereign of all nations, Thou King of Kings, and Lord of hosts, in these perilous times of war and rumors of war, when all the powers of hate have been loosed to kill and to destroy, we pray that Thy Spirit may steady the minds ,and uqicken the hearts of those who call themselves by Thy name, acknowledging Thee as Father. We pray especially for the President of these United States, upon w-hom has been laid heavy burdens and grave responsibilities, as he speaks for our country and for its people. Renew his stfength as daily his burdens increase. Give him the wisdom and understanding that cometh only from above. Protect him from those whose motives and methods are prompted by the spirit of selfishness or personal am- i bition. t THE SOUTHERN NEWS EDITORIAL STRIKE HIM WHERE HE LIVES ... w MWww Aww >’■ ~ \ •’ ‘ - • *'"' %W \ Released by Keystone Features, Inc. Ehow him Thy will. Out_ of the conflict of counsel • may Thy voi«e come unto 'Ais the way— ..walk ye in it And as is revealed,'increase his : faith, so that he m,ay go forth in the consciousness of hav ' ing fulfilled the task committed to him. And we pray that he, with us, shall seek above all things else, to honor and glorify Thee, hastening the com ’ ing of Thy Kingdom upon earth, and the rule of the spirit of brotherhood in the lives and the hearts of all peoples of the earth so that all nations may dwell together in peace ’ and unity. Amen. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TOO! By Ruth Taylor There is one way to solve any problem and that is by understanding it. This applies just as much to the question , of minorities as it does to mathematics. We can carefully reason out t-h,at the discrimination practiced against some of us is the fruit of ignorance, and 1 while we can try to lift ourselves above it, there is bound to be an inward and perfectly natural resentment. But— what we have to do is be big enough not to let this re ( sentment smoulder and grow into hate, which more than anything else would demean us to the level of our detractors. Only as we have self-respect can we expect to be re spected. Only as we are unafraid can we cope with the fear >f the unknown tliat lies at the bottom of prejudice. We . .11 never be able to wipe out discrimination until we wipe mt the misunderstanding that is the cause of it. And no criminators, we have shrdlu cmfwy cmfwyp cmfwyp cmf matter w-hether we are the discriminated against or the discriminators, we have a responsibility. We do not want kindness or charity, but we do want justice and understanding. Individual acts of unfairness should be condemned no matter where the occur—but the m,ain issue cannot be settled without education. There is just one way in which minorities can educate and train majorities in understanding, and that is to be good advertisements for their own people. We have no right to let down °ur race, our nation or our deligion by being a poor illust" , 'tion of it. Far too oftei ~e are apt, in our resentment, to place a higher valuation on our own individual ability and in telligence than the frank appraisal of it would warrant. This is one thing we can avoid, and one thing we must do. We must remember, unfair though it mav be, that not only will we be judged by our actions, but that all the group from which we come will be condemned or praised by what we do. We can put the for discrimination squarely where it belongs—on ignorance, pride, fear and carefully stimulated prejudices, but the responsibility for eradicating it is directly on each of us as individuals—minority as well as majority. ‘ j Improved || SUNDAY - International SCHOOL <■ LESSON ■■■ 1 By HAROLD L. LUNDQUIST, D. D. Os The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. , (Released by Western Newspaper Union.) t ■■ • ~ f Lesson for July 5 ■' Lesson subjects and Scripture texts se lected and copyrighted by International Council of Religious Education; used by permission. GOD THE CREATOR LESSON TEXT—Genesis 1:1-5, 24-31: 2:1. GOLDEN TEXT—In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.— Genesis 1:1. r What is to become of this world? That is the question on the mind 1 and lips of everyone as they see all mankind engaged in a struggle which bids fair to wipe out every- 1 thing called civilization. | In such a time it is good to remind ourselves that man did not make I this world,, nor is it the product of natural forces. God made it. God. who is eternal, infinite, , knowing all from the beginning, is net moved by the impulses of the 1 moment nor staggered by the catas trophes of a day. He made the world. He made man. He had a - plan for them, and still has a plan . which in due season He will work out for His own glory. I. God Made the Heavens and J Earth (vv. 1-5, 24-25). ( The plain biblical account of cre . ation—"ln the beginning God”— stands as a dignified, satisfactory, ; intelligent explanation of the origin of things, and in bold contrast to the confusing and almost unbeliev- - able theories of men. , The best of scientists admit that they know nothing of the origin of things, and some even confess that they never will know. The answer to the query with which every hu man philosophy opens is the af firmation with which the divine ac count in Genesis opens—“ln the be ginning God.” Space forbids full discussion of the account of creation, but a study of it will reveal its beautiful order, symmetry, and completeness. Sci ence, when it gets beyond theories to facts, finds them confirmed by Scripture. Please do not reverse that and speak of science confirming Scripture. If my watch does not agree with the time of the stars, it is the watch that must be reset. 11. God Made Man in His Own Image (vv. 26-30). Although man, under the control of Satan, does not give much ground for the observation, it is neverthe less true that he was made in the likeness and image of God. Because that is true, _we never give up hope FEATURES THE PERFECT DREAM By Lance Allen Lynch At last one night I dreamed the perfect dream. I strolled through verdant fields elysium. A light of glory indirectly beamed— Across the cast expanse like platinum. I gazed upon a river’s silvery sheen, That gently flowed toward a city fair. A Citadel no eye has seen. In awe I stood and viewed the beauty there. My soul was greatly moved and I awoke. Too feeble was my heart to hold the thrill equal with him, under his arm to be pro tected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him” (Matthew Hen ry). The decay of family life and the substitution of social or civic units as the basis of life have led to dis astrous results. Not only do we need a revival of religion, we also need a revival of the home life of the nation. 111. God’s Creation Was Com plete and Good (1:31; 2:1). When men do recognize the hand of God in creation they all too often seem to feel that what He made was very limited and defective. It would almost seem that God ought to be grateful that man has been so clever about perfecting His work, developing it and making it useful. As a matter of fact, God who had all knowledge and whose standards are higher than man’s standards could possibly be, looked over His creation and "behold, it was very good" (v. 31). It was a “finished” job (2:1). Man has destroyed much of its beauty. Sin came in and marred the #hole creation. What man’s in ventive cleverness has developed of the possibilities of this world is only a minute fraction of what is yet available. Instead of boasting, man might well be ashamed of the pathetic slowness with which he has "thought God’s thoughts after Him." Instead of fighting and destroy ing, he ought to give his energies to I building, developing, and above all to loving God with all his heart and his neighbor as himself (Matt. 22. 37-40). 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I HIGH SPOTS In The j STATE NEWS ASHEVILLE, June 30—Twenty- I three students from co.leges and universities in 15 states are in I Asheville attending the Sou.hern Student Training institute which I opened at Asheville college yester- I day morning, and will continue I through July 24. I ASHEVILLE, June 27. The I quota for the pilot train ng course lat Biltmore college under the full- Itime accelerated program has been ■ deubled, Dean J. J. Stevenson, ■ Jr., coordinator, said last night ■after receiving a telegram from ■the regional offices of the Civil ■Aeronautics authority in Atlanta. | OUTER CHINA AREA ■ Outer China—Manchuria, Mon- Kolia and Tibet—has an area of ■ 1,577,000 Square miles. SETS NEW RECORD Louisiana State University had 125 South American students for the 1941-42 team, largest such en rollment of any U. S. college. LEADING MICA PRODUCER North Carolina is the leading producer of mica in the United States. Ten per cent of your income gcM in War Bonds will help to raj build the planes and tanks /ML that will insure defeat of Hit &SH ier and his Axis partners. Wasted money is wasted lives. Don’t waste precious lives. Every dollar you can spare should be used to buy War Bonds. Buy your ten percent every pay day.