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Negro in the Present Campaign
120                    CHURCH REVIEW.

between the Tory party and the Liberal party, as a means of
conciliating the former.  But not only is the proposition to divide
our vote, bad, but the argument in support of it is worse. We
are asked to do a mean and scandalous thing and to add to the
odium so freely heaped upon our race.  We are asked to desert
our friends as a means of conciliating our enemies. We are
asked to divide our vote between Democratic outrage and intimi-
dation on the one hand, and Republican effort to protect us on
the other. We are invited to divide our votes between right
and wrong, between kindness and cruelty, between progress and
reaction, civilization and barbarism.    I defy any one to put
a different face or complexion upon this absurd proposition of
  Let us now examine the next proposition commended to us
by some of our beloved brethren, and I think it will be seen that
it is not more tenable than the one already shown to be unsound
and mischievous. This proposition proposes the formation of a
Negro party--a party based on race and color. It is asserted that
we need an independent race party. The argument in support
of this scheme or mode of political action is very plausible and
taking with would-be colored leaders in politics. It savors, too,
of race independence. The men who preach this doctrine as-
sume to love the race, more than all others; they never tire of
telling how much they love the race. But let that pass. Now, if.
this race party is to be purely a Negro party, acting within party
lines and limitations, seeking to accomplish something by itself
alone-which is the only honest principle upon which a party can
act-then plainly enough it can effect nothing, because of its
permanent inferiority in numbers. It would necessarily be a
party without growth, and, consisting of but one to ten of the
American people, it could never hope to be a majority party. If
we could expect any part of the white people to join our Negro
party, we should be grievously disappointed.  Not even the lev-
eling principle of Christianity has yet induced white people to
join a Negro church, and it is quite unreasonable to suppose that
politics would be a stronger motive for such union than religion.
Acting alone then, as a race party pure and simple, it would be
at once and forever a helpless minority, incapable of accomplish-
ing any political end whatever.
  But it is said that we could cast our influence with either one
or the other of the great political parties. Well, let us see how
this would work.  The first thing that would happen would be
this: It would make your Negro party a marketable, political
commodity. It would place the colored vote on the auction
block, to be traded off by its leaders to the highest bidder.  It
would be subject to barter and sale for a few offices bestowed,
and be used to turn the scale one way or the other for other
parties. O! but they say, it would be an independent political
party. We are tired of being dependent upon white men's par-


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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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