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State Convention of the Colored Citizens of New York, Albany, January 20, 1855.
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Thirdly--We protest against such appropriation, because the American Colonization Society is a gigantic fraud, professing to love, while it systematically encourages hate among mankind; professing to liberate the slave, while it binds more firmly the chains of the enthralled; professing to give peace while it is the last stronghold for the organized disturbance of the entire Union; professing to evangelize Africa, while it hurries to its shores a population which has the best reason to hate Christianity which sends them there; with no other merit than that of a cold, crafty, implacable hater of the colored Americans; it pushes it Jesuit head among high and low; a moulder of, and a profiter by a diseased public opinion, it keeps alive an army of agents who live by plundering us of our good name.
And lastly--We protest against this appropriation, because 'we remember those that are in bonds as bound with them;' bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, may evil betide us when the hope of gain, or the fear of oppression, shall compel or persuade us to forsake them to the rayless gloom of perpetual slavery.
Adopted by the State Convention of Colored Citizens in the City Hall, an. 20th, 1855.
J. W. C. Pennington, President.
Henry Hicks, }
William Mathews, } Secretaries.
Liberator, March 5, 1855.
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