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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
374                    CHURCH REVIEW.

titude takes so readily, so kindly, and I may say so instinctively
to American thought and life, as the colored man; or, if you
please, as the pure Negro.  The American religion, the American
institutions, American sentiment are his. He is essentially an
American. Indeed he is so thoroughly Americanized, that he
has a "North and a South" according to the section in which he
lives.
  This is seen in his public gatherings, political, social, and re-
ligious; and this he learned from his white brethren, n-otwith-
standing he is not reckoned among them.  But can as much be
said of the foreign element of other nationalities who come to
America? or can it be said of the only true American, the In-
dian ? But a short time ago, an organization in Chicago, com-
posed chiefly, if not exclusively of persons of foreign birth, held
a public meeting, and when the American flag was hoisted it was
hissed.  Then, a red flag was lifted up, and was vigorously
cheered. This fact was published in many of the daily papers,
and in most cases without comment  This is the element that is
invited to take the place of the colored man as an American citi-
zen; an element that openly denounces the American flag; an ele
ment that has in some places robbed us of our christian sabbath;
an element that is by no means in sympathy with our American
institution-communists, dynamiters, free thinkers and free
actors. Has  it ever ocurred to the writer, that these are an
"unassimilable" element ? "Let us not quibble about words."
  The following quotation is full of significance: "What degree
of harmony and unity between the two sections now obtains,
has been secured, within the past dozen years, by the pictical
concession to the white people of the South, of nearly everything
that they have claimed relative to the Negro; even his political
status, which was the last point in dispute."
  Nothing more than the foregoing is needed to convince one of
the real cause of continued trouble.  "Harmony and union" se-
cured by the concession of rights, is not harmony and union;
such a method should never have been resorted to.  It is a sad
comment upon the government that invites, or permits harmony
and union(?) to be purchased at so great a cost.  The reaction is
inevitable. Already the signs of the times indicate that in the
near future, the government will enter into additional legislation 
to compel every portion of the country to respect the Constitu- 
tion of the nation.  The following is clipped from the Nashville
Banner of Nov. 1st:

                     HOUK'S ELECTION BILL.

  The bill to regulate the election of congressmen, which Mr. Houk is reported to
have prepared for introduction in the next House, is a direct blow at the rights of
the states. He proposes to take the congressional elections from under the man-
agagement of the state authorities, and place them entirely under federal law and
ununder the control of electoral boards to be appointed by the President. These
boboards are to appoint the judges of elections, to hold office for six years, and com-
missoners of elections in each county in the several congressional districts. The
   




			
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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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