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Proceedings of the Colored State Convention assembled in St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, Lexington, Ky., November 26.
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ileges," but those are gained by personal companionship, based on a harmony of interest and opinion, which is not purchased by a price, while "civil rights' include protection by civil law, and is gained by paying the demand at the theater door, the hotel desk and the railroad ticket office. In each case a general price is paid, and for extra privileges you pay extra - as the "parquet," "extra meals" and a "parlor car." Against such latter distinctions we make no objections; we object to the "pit" in the theater, the "smoking-car" on the railroad, and either total rejection or kitchen fare, when we pay the price demanded, simply because we are colored. No matter how decent and refined, we meet these difficulties. This country is based on the principle of letting a man have what he can pay for. We think that prejudice should not usurp law; that justice should be done though the heavens fall. We ask for these Chinese walls to be taken down. We do not intrude ourselves into any one;s house; we do not wish to do it. There social equality reigns, and that is a man's castle. The streets are common to all, bridges pay toll, but it takes money from all who use it, alike, or they all go free. Says Walker in his American law, p. 187; "Everything in the shape of monopolies is prohibited by the spirit, if not the letter, of the Constitution." We ask that no monopoly be allowed and thereby shut us out. Governor Hoadly, in his last message to the Ohio Legislature, said: "Equal rights are enjoyed by allour citizens except those possessing a visible admixture of African blood. I recommend the repeal of all laws discriminating between citizens on account of color. These are both wrong and oppressive." In company with this distinguished gentleman we recommend the same.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
We sincerely thank the Legislature and the citizens of the State for kind favors touching our school privileges, and trust this Legislature will continue the good work. We are not unmindful of the good spirit shown, and perhaps this emboldens us to petition you again. Indeed the growing spirit of fair play and good will is here. We look to you, the new blood of a new generation, for modifications and innovations. We are moving
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