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Negro in the Present Campaign
118                     CHURCH REVIEW.

whatever. It means the defeat of the Republican party and the
victory of the Democratic party. Can it be that any sane man
does not see that this would be unfair, even if one party were as
good as the other; for it would be practically preferring the suc-
cess of the one to the success of the other.
  Again, I think that no one will question that what the colored
people most need, and what is really indispensable to their well-
being in this country, is the possession of an effective political
force which will enable them to command respect for their rights
as men and secure protection to them from persecution, outrage
and murder. This is more to us than the honors and emolu-
ments of office. Now if I can demonstrate, by unanswerable
logic, that a division of our vote between the two great parties
would not give us such a force, but, on the contrary, that it would
deprive us of such a force, every honest Negro citizen will say
with me, "Down with this idea of division, and let us stand by
the Republican party, now as in the past!"
  The first argument against this division is this: It is incon-
sistent.  Moral and political power is alike weakened  when
illogical, and it is manifestly inconsistent to desert the Repub-
lican party, whose antecedents have all been in our favor, and to
join and support a party whose antecedents have all been against
us. We are in no condition to afford the world such a glaring
example of political blindness and inconsequent action.        But
further, the fundamental and all-commanding objection to such
a division of our vote as is proposed, is this: It would abso-
lutely destroy the Negro as a political force in the Nation, a force
which every sensible Negro must deem to be not only important
but indispensable to his safety and well-being. Such a division
would convert what is now an effective moral and political force
into a nonentity-a thing divested of every attribute of power and
for which nobody would have any reason to care one way or
the other. Two railroad trains, with equal momentum and power,
meeting on the same track, come to a standstill. Two bodies of
equal weight, put into opposite scales, determine nothing as to
the weight of either.  The beam will turn neither way.  What
is true in physics is equally true in politics.  Equal numbers,
when opposed in election, elect nobody.    Hence those who ask
the Negro to divide his vote, simply ask him to cast away his
most potent weapon against popular injustice and wrong.  In
other words, we are simply invited to a state of political stag-
nation and death. We should have no power to create a motive
in either party one way or the other, and should be simply a race
of political nonentities.
  But it may be said by these advocates of division, that they
do not insist upon an equal division.  While they may willingly
admit that the result would be precisely as I have stated in the
case supposed, they may deny that such would be the case if
only some of our votes were given to the Democratic party.


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 09, Num. 2

Negro in the Present Campaign

Volume:  09
Issue Number:  02
Page Number:  114
Date:  10/01/1892


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