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Advantage of Disadvantages
			
          THE ADVANTAGE  OF  DISADVANTAGES.


  "The Advantage of Disadvantages" is the subject which
I wish to present and for the reason that its contempla-
tion has often proven both a comfort and an inspiration
to me. It is barely possible that many can see no advantage
in any outcome except a clean-cut victory. To them no
victory can come through even temporary defeat. If so, I
feel safe in saying it is because they do not give serious
consideration to anything less. A positive victory is more
desirable, I confess, but at the same time it is well to re-
member that there are many who think prosperity destroys
more people than adversity. This may or may not be true
and for that matter it will at this time serve my purpose
as well one way as the other, for my only wish just now is
to call attention to the manner in which the Negro of
America may, and actually does, profit by his disadvan-
tages.
  On this point there is perhaps no more striking historic
illustration than the case of Joseph, of whom we read in
the Old Testament. He was sold into slavery, falsely ac-
cused, imprisoned, and yet in the outcome all these worked
to his advantage. In one breath I ask, could conditions
have been worse? and in the next, could a triumph have
been more signal? The result proved so beneficial to all
concerned that he uttered no word of reproof to those re-
sponsible for what he had undergone, except to say: "Ye
thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good."
  It is evident that God was interested in Joseph and did
see him through; and to my mind it is equally evident that
God is interested in the American Negro and has done for
                        (399)




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 25, Num. 4

Advantage of Disadvantages

B.

Volume:  25
Issue Number:  04
Page Number:  399
Date:  04/1909


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