UNITY OF THE HUMAN RACE. 427
UNITY OF THE HUMAN RACE.
One might at first thought say, "What does it matter if
a Chinaman disclaims any genetic connection with a Malay?
or, if perchance, a Caucasian denies having any racial connec-
tion whatever with the Negro, as is often done?" It matters
much every way. In the first place, we observe there are two
forces playing ceaselessly on the hearts of the children of
ment. One, an internal force, we will call inspiration; the
second, the external power of friendly environment. Now,
the proper conception of the truth of the "oneness of man"
leads to the encouragement of peoples who are down, by
causing the exercise of the brotherly instincts of the domin-
ant race; the improper conception leads to the paralysis of
every aspiration of the lower races to rise from a state of in-
feriority. It means either that I am to be recognized as a
man and brother, and thus be offered every inducement and
encouragement to scale the heights, or that by all the strength
of a dominant race I am to be held in subjection and made
subservient to those who rule.
Now, if you will for a moment consider, you will readily
discover that the full acceptance of the "unity of man" does
not obtain among the vanguard of the nations whose potent
influence dominates the earth.
There are nine millions of Afro-Americans in this coun-