266 THE A. M. E. REVIEW
It is yet too soon to question the action of those Negroes
who thought it wisdom to eliminate these intermediaries by
dealing directly with the Democratic party on the basis of
friendship and co-operation, and thus make friends of
what to them had been the unrighteous mammon.
So far as offices are concerned, the Negro could not
fare much worse, for of 9,876 presidential appointments Mr.
Taft has allotted but thirty to Negroes. Offices we want,
admittedly, but it was not desire for office that caused the
Negro voters to support Mr. Wilson. What we seek is a
larger measure of justice, opportunity, fair play.
President-elect Wilson, of Southern lineage, is a man of
enlightenment, of independent character, open minded and
with high ideals. Standing, as he does, between the South
and the North, holding the best traditions of the one and
the highest culture of the other; standing, as he does, be-
tween the Negroes who loyally supported him and the men
of his party who oppose this race, Governor Wilson has it in
his power to do more for the Negro than any president since
Lincoln. What is to be his attitude or policy he has not yet
made clear. In his letter to Bishop Walters, which has been
published, he said he would administer the laws impartially,
in spirit as well as letter, that he would do justice, "not
mere grudging justice, but justice executed with liberality
and cordial good feeling."
Whatever his attitude, it must be recognized that back
of Mr. Wilson is a pretty bad crowd. There are, for ex-
ample, Vardiman, of Mississippi, who comes up breathing
out threatenings in favor of the repeal of the Fifteenth
Amendment; Burleson, of Texas, who serves notice that
under the new administration no Negro need apply for any-
thing except janitorships, and Congressman Tribble, of
Georgia, who strenuously opposes the idea of Negroes serv-
ing as postal clerks or letter carriers. Mr. Tribble declares
"in the earnestness of his soul" that "Negroes will stand
examinations and take their places at the windows of small
country and village postoffices. White people will not stand
the examinations and compete with these Negro carriers."