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           THE NEGRO IN THE PRESENT CAMPAIGN.             125

down the Negro wherever they have had the power to do so. In
the solid South they have condemned our wives and daughters
to ride in filthy railroad cars. They have with bayonets driven
our brothers from the ballot-box. They have adopted a system
of land renting and scrip paying that brings the former slave in
debt at the end of each year, no matter how hard he may have
worked or how sparingly he may have lived, and have thus re-
duced him to a condition only a small remove from his former
slavery. They have organized a system of convict labor and of
laws with the infernal purpose to reduce the Negro, on the smallest
pretext, to forced labor in fields and on highways, and to a con-
dition worse than slavery in mines. They have erected the
whipping-post where before it was abolished, and employed the
blood-hound anew to hunt down the Negro and to tear his flesh.
They have thronged the highways of the South with chain-gangs
of Negroes. They have changed laws and constitutions so as to
defeat the just operation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amend-
ments to the Constitution. All this and more has been done and
is now being done by the Democratic party. It is being done
openly, defiantly and with declared purpose to divest the Negro
entirely of civil and political rights. And yet we are asked by
colored men-by those who profess to be, par excellence, lovers
of the Negro race-to vote for this Democratic party. They tell
us that Mr. Cleveland is a good man. What if he is? He is
harnessed to a wicked party and must go where his party drives
him. He may be strong, but his party is stronger. He is in the
traces, and his party holds the whip and reins. Mr. Cleveland
tried, when President, to be a civil-service reformer, but his party
determined otherwise, and he changed his course accordingly.
  But it is said that the Democratic party at the North is not
like that at the South. Where is the evidence of its difference?
Where has this party, through its papers or through its county,
State or national conventions, reproved the fraudulent, barbarous
and blood-thirsty outrages upon the Negro of the South. The
two differ from each other only as the head of a snake differs
from the tail. To all intents and purposes the Democratic party,
wherever found, is one and the same.  Every Negro driven from
the ballot-box, every Negro slain, every Negro stabbed, shot,
lynched or burnt at the South, has met his fate at the hands of
Democrats, and with the silent consent of the Democratic party
at the North.
   On every Southern breeze a furious howl is heard against the
Force Bill, cunningly so called, to make it odious in the eyes of
tender-hearted men. Whence this cry against a righteous law?
It is from the Democratic party North and South.  Its members
are tormented as demons of old.  Should Harrison be elected,
they say the Republicans will pass an election bill, and it will be
a Force Bill, and to this they are opposed. They are opposed
to all force except the force of the mob, and when it is employed


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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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