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Negro hears the word mentioned he at once thinks of Democracy as
represented by slavery, disfranchisement, Jim-Crow cars, etc. That
is perverted Democracy. Democracy stands for the brotherhood of
man, equality before the law, and the rule of the common people.
Democracy is the Sun in the Political firmament, which is to shine
more and more as the years come and go. The tendency of the age
is toward Democracy. This is the meaning of the Revolution in
China-the Balkan war, and the struggle for a larger and broader
liberty that is going on in all parts of the world. It is up to the
Negro to aid in bringing in America an ideal Democracy.
With our leaders the interests of our race should be paramount.
No discordant note should be sounded by any black man. No sooth-
ing of the consciences of our enemies, by creating the impression that
we do not expect fair treatment from any party which has control of
the Government. Let us labor to create the impression that we
expect just as much, if not more, from a Democratic administration
than we received at the hands of a Republican administration.
Let us create the impression that every political position now
held by a black man should, in case of the removal of a Republican,
be given to a Negro Democrat, or a like position be granted in case
of a removal. All we ask and all we expect of the incoming admin-
istration is a square deal.
Bishop Walters is President of the National Colored Democratic
League and had full charge of the organized movement among Negroes
in the late Presidential campaign.--Editor.
FIFTY YEARS OF FREEDOM
By Miss Laura Mackey
HISTORY cannot mark a more important yet
rejoicing date than January 1, 1863. It was on
this day that that great president and statesman,
Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation
Proclamation giving the Negro of the United
States his freedom.
Before that time the black man, partly owing
to his ignorance, was regarded as a being below
the human standard. Since, however, he has endeavored to increase
his knowledge in every possible way, until now, after fifty years of
toiling, we have doctors, lawyers, ministers, poets, orators and many
other industrious men to help in the uplift of the Negro race. And
it is the fraternal duty of those who have already reached the acme