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Progress of the Negro Race: Address at a Patriotic Race Service, Philadelphia
			
            Anti-Negro Policy of Democrats
  The Democratic party has been in control at Washington for
a little over a year. What a change do we witness in connection
with the treatment of the negro! In every department of the
Federal Government an effort is being made to bring about the
segregation of the colored employes.
  The most drastic proposition of this character is presented in
two bills now before the House of Representatives. I hold in
my hand each of these measures. The first (H. R. 13772) was
introduced by Representative Edwards, of Georgia. It is entitled
"A bill to segregate government employes of the white race
from those of African blood or descent." It directs the heads of
all executive departments to issue whatever orders may be neces-
sary "to secure in all branches of the service of the United States
the segregation of government employes of the white race from
those of African blood or descent in the performance of their
services." Section 2 provides that "white clerks or employes
shall not be required to occupy the same offices or workrooms
with clerks or employes of African blood or descent; nor shall
any white clerk or employe be placed under the orders, direction
or supervision of any person of African blood or descent."
  The second of these measures was introduced by a Louisiana
Democrat, Mr. Aswell. It is H. R. 5968 and its title is "A bill
to effect certain reforms in the Civil Service by segregating
clerks and employes of the white race from those of Afrcan
blood or descent." It also directs the heads of executive depart-
ments to issue such orders as shall be necessary to bring about
the segregation of the colored employes in the Government
service.
         Discrimination in Government Service
  The effect of this proposed legislation is to establish by statute
the system of separating and in other ways discriminating
against men and women of your race, who, by their intelligence,
integrity and industry, have worked their way, despite all ob-
stacles in their path of progress, to positions of responsibility in
the service of the Federal Government. The purpose of the two
measures I have read, clearly, is to nullify the amendment to the
Constitution of the United States providing equal rights for the
negroes of this country.
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