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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
                      EDITORIAL.                       373
Elijah caused the trouble that was in Israel during the days
of King Ahab.  "Art thou he that troubleth Israel?" were the
King's words, confident that he had uttered a whole truth. But
the Prophet's rejoinder was: "I have not troubled Israel, but
thou and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the com-
mandments of the Lord."' The remedy of Jezebel was to remove
Elijah, but God's remedy was to remove the sin. The presence
of the Negro in the United States as a man, an intelligent man,
a citizen, just as other immigrants come and are made citizens,
for aught we know to the contrary, would not have been the
cause of any trouble  This again shows that it is not the simple
"presence," but the unfortunate condition of the Negro which
has caused the trouble. It is not his fault that he is here, nor
can he be blamed that he fell heir to such a heritage as slavery
entails. Therefore, any arrangement to remove him must be one
of his own, or, at least, one that he fully concurs in.
  Here justice must be done to the writer, who recommends
that such inducements should be held out as would gain his
consent, but behind all this is the emphatic "he must go." If
by his consent, so much the better; but at all events, he must
leave. We are reminded by the writer, that as early as 1787, the
rift between the North and the South appeared at the Philadel-
phia convention, and that the question which brought about the
dissension was "having or not having slave."  Now mark; the
South persistently insisted upon establishing slavery in its ter-
ritory; and as the years passed on, endeavored to extend te
slave territory, No discovery whatever was made that the Negro
was an alien, and that his "presence" would disturb the peace
of the nation.  "What if it divided; what if the North and the
South cannot unite ? then let them remain divided, but our slaves
we must and will have." And their slaves they did have. All
went well with the South, even with the Negro "present," so
long as he was a slave. Now that he is permitted to be a man,
his "presence" can no longer be endured.  The question simply
turns upon this; one portion of the country said, "the Negro shall
remain among us as a slave," while the other portion in its turn
says, "he shall rain as a freeman."  But true to its instincts,
the South now says, "we'll have our way about the matter or
we'll make a fuss."
  But we are told that he is an "unassimilable element."  The
argument plainly is, that as a citizen, he must have the elements
that will enable him to become like the cigens among whom he
lives, or his presence in such a relation will ever cause friction
and trouble It would have been interesting and instructive to
the reader, had the writer pointed out the dissimilarity that
stands in the way of the Negro  citizenship.  Happily, however,
in another place, he accuses the Negro of being prone to suit
himself to any condition that he finals himself amid, and this is
but an argument in favor of his ability to suit himself to the con-
dition of American citizenship, We have among us a represen-
tation of all the race varieties, but who among this mixed mul-


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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