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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.
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between race prejudice and race distinction. "In the North," said he, "it is race distinction rather than race prejudice that we find. It is all right to make distinctions; even we can understand that, but prejudice is a much more harmful thing." Upon being asked to explain the difference in the effects of the two, he said: "Race distinction will let you alone; it will not interfere with your business or your pleasure. Race prejudice will interfere with your daily life. Race distinction may be indifferent, but is never cruel; it gives a man a chance to work out his own salvation. We need more men like Dr. Campbell," he added, "who are willing to hear our side of the question, as well as to express their own views. We hope the time is not distant when southern men will cease to put all Negroes in the same class. There is a difference in development among us as among other men. We are not all criminal; neither have we all criminal instincts; but there are bad men of our race just as there are bad men of the Anglo Saxon race." Mrs. Langhorne emphasized the fact that the Negroes are separating themselves into classes, saying that she considered it a most hopeful sign of progress.
Capital and Labor in Co-operative Farming
By Alexander Purves.
Assuming that it is difficult for the penniless and underfed Negro to appreciate the blessings of education or understand its elevating influences, one is impressed with the fact that, while such splendid work is being carried on by the Trade and Normal Schools in the preparation of colored young men and women as leaders for their people, it becomes the more imperative that some determined effort be made to reach away down to the most ignorant of the race and endeavor to left them upon their feet and prepare them, physically and materially, for the leadership that is to be sent them. And when that effort is made let it be formed upon lines purposed to enable the deeply ignorant colored man, if property disposed, to secure his own little farm, clear of all encumbrance and stocked with mule and cow—teach him how to manage it scientifically, so as to attain the best results—secure to him the benefits of an organization through which he may obtain full value for his product and make his necessary purchases at cash prices, so placing him in position to procure and consume proper food in sufficient quantities—encourage his thrift and guard his savings—and he will secure elementary education for himself and for his children at his own expense.
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