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Report of the Business Committee of the Colored People's State Convention, held at Columbus, Ohio, August, 1843.
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Of the Business Committee of the Colored People's State Convention, held at Columbus, Ohio, August, 1843.
GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION: Your committee, as far as time would permit and ability allow them, have looked over the many deprivations of the colored people of this state, and duly considered the various ways in which the blessings secured to them by the Constitution are wrested from them, and by those too from whom we ought to expect better things; especially since they confess that the ties of common brotherhood bind the people of different colors of this free and independent state equally close to the infinite heart of their Almighty Parent, which bonds all acknowledge. He intends it should bind the hearts of the intelligent and good with ligaments inseparable of every color and grade;--who are free from that prejudice which is so disgraceful to humanity, so repulsive to justice, and so debasing to the immortal soul.
From the light of the age in which we live, and the frequent demonstrations which God has given of the absurdity of the old theory "that the colored people are not prepared for equal privileges with us," your committee are of the opinion that the intelligent and good people of Ohio, and especially her law makers and rulers are disposed not only from love to God and crushed humanity, but also from the immortal love of justice planted in the bosom of all, and for the honor which they have for their country and state, to give to their brethren those rights of which they have been so long and unjustly deprived at the first suggestion, which suggestion, they feel almost ashamed to make to their brethren who profess to be so intelligent and humane; and indeed they would not make it, were not their burdens heavier than their intelligence will permit them to bear. Such being the considerations and opinion of your committee, as it respects the unjust enactments of Ohio, and the feelings of their white brethren, they have unanimously agreed in presenting to
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