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Negro in the Present Campaign
           THE NEGRO IN THE PRESENT CAMPAIGN.          117

all apostates he endeavors to magnify the faults of the party
which he has deserted, and cover up the faults of the party he
has adopted.  The smile of a white Democrat is to him, at
present, more than all that the Republican party ever did for him
or for his race. In his blindness he does not see that it is his
treason and not his manhood that attracts the Democratic
smiles.  He is welcomed for what he can do, not for what he is
or wishes to be.  Seeing the use to which he can for the time be
put, he is familiarly patted on the back with the gloved hand of
the party which, in its heart, calls him a black devil.  Against
the black apostates from the Republican party I might here use
denunciation and ridicule only, but I will not.  I will try to have
patience even where patience seems to have lost its virtue.  I
will try to assume what it is almost impossible to assume, that
the men who play such a part as here described, are just as
honest in their convictions as I am in mine, and try to believe
that they desire the freedom, happiness and progress of the
colored race as much as I do.  Hence I will argue with them
and endeavor by sober reason to convert them to my view of
truth and duty.  I think that I can, by fair argument, show them
the unsoundness of their three propositions and the unwisdom
of their hasty withdrawal from the Republican party. Of course,
if there are among them those who are mere " tricksters," disap-
pointed office-seekers, who make their own personal interests
the criterion of their political action--men of no moral or political
convictions, and who are ready to sell their race for personal
gain--I say, if this be so, I can only leave them to other hands
than mine.  They are beyond the pale of reason and sound argu-
ment, and it is a waste of time and effort to undertake to reason
with them. I assume, therefore, that I am addressing a few
honest men, open to the influence of right feeling and sound
  First of all then, let us consider the proposition for dividing
the Negro vote between the two great political parties. The
first objection to this is that it seems to assume as true that which
is to me entirely and flagrantly untrue.  This untruth is that the
two parties are equally worthy of our co-operation and support.
But  granting, for argument's sake, the soundness of this as-
sumption, it does not, by any means, follow that it would, in
the present condition of parties, be wise, fair or honorable to
divide our votes equally between the two great political parties.
Constituted as they are at the North, the Democratic party is in
numbers about equal to the Republican party. Therefore, to
take one-half of the colored vote from the Republican party,
would be to give the Democratic party an immediate and unfair
advantage over the Republican party. Thus the sound of fair-
ness and impartiality, which is relied upon to recommend the
proposition to divide our vote equally between the two great
political parties, is a deceptive sound, and has in it no fairness


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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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