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Negro in the Present Campaign
         THE NEGRO IN THE PRESENT CAMPAIGN.              121

ties. We want to be the slaves of no man's party, etc. This is
high talk, indeed, but it is very empty talk as well.  Those who
indulge in it, and at the same time talk of forming a purely Negro
party, contradict themselves without perceiving the contradiction.
They forget that if they form such a party and expect it to hold
together at all, they must be bound in honor to each other and
be dependent upon the party and keep within party lines.  Do
they not know that the very moment they attempt to act inde-
pendently of party dictation, as the rule of the majority is called,
their party will utterly fall to pieces? Granting this, what be-
comes of this promised and boasted independence?  What better
is it to be bound to a race and color party, and to be dependent
upon it, than to be bound to and dependent upon a party without
race and color ? The fact is, there is no living in civilized human
society without being dependent upon somebody.  In politics,
as elsewhere, to be effective and accomplish anything desirable
in this world, we must be dependent upon some party. The
wisdom or the folly of such dependence will always depend upon
the character of the party in which we trust and upon which
we depend, whether that party shall be a race and color party, or
not.  We have some examples of independence in human ex-
perience which are very instructive, but not very encouraging to
the hopes of those who set up for themselves. We had one
in the person of the man who left his father's house, but was soon
so hungry that he would feign have filled his belly with the
husks that the swine did eat.  A separate race and color party
would be about as wild an experiment as that of the prodigal
son. No other people have attempted it. The Irishman in this
country is wisely content to defend his rights in the Democratic
party, and the German is equally willing to defend his beer in-
side of the old parties. Neither of them think of organizing a
race party. They wisely sink their various nationalities in a
common American citizenship. Have we the vanity to suppose
that our people are wiser than either the Irishman or the
  But a stronger and more tangible objection to this "race and
color party" idea than the one just mentioned, is found in the
fact that it contradicts in the most offensive manner possible the
fundamental and indispensable principle by which this country
is and should be governed.  The rule of a fairly constituted ma-
jority is the fundamental and accepted condition of law and order
in this republic. Anything that contradicts and subverts the just
operation of this principle, whether it shall be fraud or violence,
will not be tolerated long by the sober, thoughtful and patriotic
citizens of this country. Now the policy of a separate " race
and color party," consisting of one-tenth of the American people,
to be so manipulated by its leaders as to give this or that party
the control of the government, would subvert the essential idea
of the government itself, and would be only a political nuisance


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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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