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Negro in the Present Campaign
122                    CHURCH REVIEW.

and an intolerable usurpation of power by a minority over a
majority. It would invite the contempt and hatred of everybody
outside of itself. In the nature of things such a minority party
would be in the hands of a few Negro bosses who, as I have
said, would be likely, regardless of honor, to trade it off with this
or that party for a few offices here and there to be given to
themselves or to their friends. This would be deemed, and
rightly so, as a most detestable form of Negro supremacy and
domination, and would soon justify the worst things that have
been said and done against us by the Southern white people.
But what else would happen? Plainly enough this would hap-
pen: We should finally find ourselves between the two parties,
as between the upper and nether millstone, and in due time would
be ground to powder.
   Such an unprincipled subversion of the honest rule of a fairly
constituted majority, made upon fair discussion and honest voting,
would, if persisted in, furnish a proper motive in each of the
other parties to divest us entirely of the political franchise. The
very suggestion of such a policy for the colored people of this
country is an insult to their intelligence and honesty. By no
class of white people could such a scheme succeed, and it is folly
to suppose that the colored people, hated as they are, would be
permitted to play such a dishonorable game successfully. It
would defeat the just operation of the fundamental law of the
republic. Such a party, thus operated, would be looked upon in
politics as a pirate is looked upon on the high sea. It would be
regarded as an enemy to all honest parties and to all honest par-
tisanship. The issues of public policy between the two parties
would be of no account in this "race and color party." Thus
the independence which it professes is shown to be a sham. The
real effect, if not the purpose, is to put this race party up for
sale. I hope the Negro will think that he has been on the auction
block long enough, and that he will spurn with indignation the 
very suggestion of being now made a mere thing of political
barter and sale between the two great political parties.
   But the second proposition commended to the Negro voter by
certain enterprising leaders with small following, is the one
which proposes that we shall give our votes straight and entire
to the candidates of the Democratic party. This proposition has
at least the merit of frankness and simplicity. There is noth-
ing  occult  or equivocal  in  its method  or  aim.  We  are
boldly, not to say shamelessly, asked and advised to abandon
the Republican party and to go over bag and baggage to the
Democratic party.
  The idea of forming an independent "race and color party,"
by which we were for a time entertained, and the other idea, that
of dividing our vote equally between the two great political par-
ties, as commended to us--which were never really anything more
than mere apologies for apostacy--they are now pushed aside


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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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