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Negro Seer: His Preparation and Mission
			
156                     THE REVIEW






                            VI
          THE NEGRO SEER: HIS PREPARATION AND
                        MISSION.


    I am glad I am not an ox. With Terence, I say, "I am
a man." Man is just a little lower than the angels. He car-
ries the impress of divinity; is differentiated from other ani-
mals by the moral element, the faculty of reason, and a su-
perior mentality which is capable of a marvelous development.
These characteristics belong to every variety of the human
race. Nevertheless, in 1861, at Savannah, Georgia, Senator
A. H. Stevens declared that the foundations of the Confeder-
acy "are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth that
the Negro is not equal to the white man, that slavery-subordi-
nation to the superior race--is his natural and normal con-
dition."
     Beginning with Count Gobineau, in 1854, a small school
of anthropologists have undertaken to prove that, by the fiat
of God, there are inferior and superior branches of the human
race. These savants base their arguments upon cephalometry,
orthognathism, that is, measurements of the head, the face,
the jaws, etc. They measure the nose. The longer the nose
the more he knows. The flatter the nose the less he knows.
They measure the height, the breast, the ear, the feet.  They




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 24, Num. 2

Negro Seer: His Preparation and Mission

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Volume:  24
Issue Number:  02
Page Number:  156
Date:  10/1907


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