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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.
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link between the Africans and the Afro Americans—living a life and speaking a dialect of their own. There they could find materials for stories that would make people lie awake nights. There they could study the Negro in his original purity. Too many of us are Anglo-Saxon-Africans."
At the close of this discussion, as a paper by Mr. W. V. Richards, Southern Land and Industrial Agent, was omitted on account of the absence of the writer, Dr. Frissell invited Rev. Dr. R. F. Campbell, of Ashville, N.C., to address the conference.
He spoke in part as follows:
Dr. Campbell's Address
I came to Hampton to hear, not to speak. I am a southern white man, and like a great host of white men in the South, I have been interested from boyhood in the advancement of the Negro race. When I was a lad of thirteen, I opened a little night school for colored men, in which were enrolled from ten to fifteen dusky pupils, ranging in age from twenty to sixty. No special credit is due me for this. I got more, far more than I gave. Those men paid me seventy cents apiece per month, and the aggregate sum made a good deal of money for a small boy in the pinching years that followed soon after the civil war. But I got something else which in later years I have learned to value far above the money, however it may have been at the time. I got a knowledge of the Negro's character and a sympathy with him in his needs and struggles.
As a life-long friend to your race I wish to say some things today of which perhaps you have not thought, and the first is this: race prejudice is a double thing; it faces both ways. It has doubtless led the white man to do many things unkind and unjust to his brother in black, but has it not led the black man also to be suspicious of efforts to do him good by his southern brother in white? Booker T. Washington said a few months ago in Boston, "It is unfortunate that the Negro got the idea that every southern white man was opposed by nature to his highest interest and advancement, and that he could only find a friend in the white man who was removed from him by a distance of thousands of miles." Now let me show you by way of example how this prejudice of the blacks against the whites has worked,
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