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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
                 A RAY OF LIGHT.                     357

"Will it be in their power to crowd people back there, either
for color or any other cause ?"
  "I often think of that," returned Mrs. Leland. "They tell us
themselves that there is no distinction in Heaven, all are equal
there. But the Bible says, 'As death leaves us, judgment will
find us,' and hundreds of these Americans die yearly, feeling
sure that heaven is to be their future home, yet they die as they
have lived, in the firm belief that the black man was created
their inferior, notwithstanding,the Bible says to the contrary,
that he has no rights to be respected; no feelings worthy of re-
gard.  That he is perfectly incapable of knowing who he would
like for a ruler, or to be engaged in any honorable employment;
that he must take his food in their back kitchens, occupy back
seats in their sanctuaries, and, after death, his dust must be
laid to rest in a separate cemetery for fear of polluting them
Can they expect to enjoy Heaven with these feelings ? There's
a great mistake somewhere!'
  "The Yankees boast a great deal about their superiority over
other nations," said Sophie, "and I presume they would like
to select a place for themselves in Heaven, where those that die
rich, could recline on velvet couches, and enjoy other luxuries
according to their station, and provide a more humble place
near by for the poor white, But they would consider any place
at a respectful distance good enough for the despised race, and
crowd them all in together. They seem to think rank and sta-
tion unknown among them."
  The ladies could not suppress a smile at this.
  "Don't you think, Mrs. Leland," said Miss Cecil, "that this
prejudice will become extinct, in time, now that slavery has
been removed?"
  "I think it must," returned Mrs. Leland. "If these freedmen
are ever educated, and their rights and equal chances granted
them, their oppressors will be compelled to respect them, and
treat them as men. All they respect a person for now is their
color. If a foreigner comes to their shores whose complexion
is darker than their own, no matter how wealthy or distingu-
ished, he is sure to be insulted by them in some way."
  "How unmannerly !" remarked Miss Maud.
  "This nation has yet to learn decent manners, and English-
men can teach them that, any time," said Master Arthur with
all the pride of his countrymen. 
 "I have always had great respect for the English people,"
said Sophie, "and consider their queer the noblest woman on
earth." Here Master Arthur clapped his hands in rapture, and
she continued, "But the English and indeed all foreigners on
coming to this county to reside, know nothing of prejudice.
They see that it's the custom of the country, and immediately
adopt it."
 "Those that emigrate here are both low and illiterate," re-
plied Miss Maud. "They consider the Americans their super-
iors, and think they must imitate them. But not so with Eng-
lish aristocracy, they have no superiors."


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OHS/National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center Serial Collection

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

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


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