Bishop Alexander Walters, D. D.
NOW that the National election of 1912 is over and
the country settled down to business, it may not
be out of place to review the situation and espe-
cially the part taken by Negroes who espouse
the Democratic cause.
Never in the history of American politics
have so many prominent Negroes taken part on
the Democratic side as in the last campaign;
Bishops, other prominent ministers, lawyers, physicians, and, indeed,
colored men in all walks of life championed the cause of Democracy,
giving to the National ticket in some places as high as 50 per cent
of the colored vote, as in the case of Governor Sulzer in New York.
There was some doubt in the minds of many as to the attitude
of the Democratic candidate towards the Negro, but his letter, an
abstract of which is given below, cleared the atmosphere and gave
hope and confidence to his colored adherents.
"It is my earnest wish to see justice done in every matter to my
colored fellow citizens, and not mere grudging justice, but justice
executed with liberality and cordial good feeling. Every guarantee
of our law, every principle of our constitution, commands this, and
our sympathies should also make it easy.
"The colored people of the United States have made extraor-
dinary progress towards self-support and usefulness, and ought to be
encouraged in every possible and proper way. My sympathy with
them is of long standing, and I want to assure them through you
that should I become President of the United States, they may count
upon me for absolute fair dealing and for everything by which
I could assist in advancing the interests of their race in the United
After this splendid pronouncement, we all came to the conclusion
that we had nothing to fear, but much to hope for in the event of the
election of the author of such a letter.
Negroes are under lasting debt of gratitude to the Democratic