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Proceedings of the Southern States Convention of Colored Men, held in Columbia, S.C., commencing October 18, ending October 25, 1871.
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to Republicanism. I adore and revere the principles of the Republican party ; and I maintain that the party that places upon its banner "civil and political equality" is the party for us. We have no guarantee that the Republican party is going to do this. It may be said that I am a heretic. It may go out of this Convention that I have made a Democratic speech. My complexion indicates that I must, of necessity, be a lover of those principles; that I must, of necessity, sustain them. But I am not bound, in consequence of that, to support the Republican party. I was glad to hear my friend say that the dissensions were not due to colored men, but to adventurers bent upon getting position at any cost. They have come here from other States and sown these dissensions. The colored people of these States will always vote right.
Mr. GIBBS-I desire to ask the gentleman where he finds Republican principles outside of the Republican party?
Mr. BOSEMON-We are not here in a political capacity at all. The gentleman who offered this resolution did so for the purpose of renewing, perhaps, the fidelity of this people to the Republican party. I maintain that the party, after all, is of no consequence to us, but the principles that happen at this time to form a component part of the Republican party, or the party itself. I am now dealing with the party. I say we have no business to ally ourselves with this party as a party, but with the principles that underlie it. I hope the gentlemen of this Convention will not debate this resolution.
Furthermore, I hope no resolution will be adopted tying this Convention to any particular man or set of men, or looking to the endorsement of any future administration. That I am in sympathy with the present administration, I am willing to admit; but I do not intend, as far as my vote goes, to do anything that will anticipate the action of a future Convention that may meet here. I want to ask the Convention to do all it can towards the development of the material interests of the Southern people. They need your attention, your counsel. There is amply scope for intelligence and talents in this direction. I beg you, one and all, to look after this matter. Let us show ourselves worthy representatives of our people. Let us consider the great question of education of our people. A resolution has been introduced by myself looking to the development of some plan for a practical scheme upon which we can base a system of education adapted to the wants of this people. I have heard nothing of that whatever; nothing about the subject of education, without which they cannot hope to emerge from the condition they are in today.
Mr. PINCHBACK, of Louisiana, said:
I am very glad to have an opportunity to say a word or two on this resolution, because it was circulated here to some extent, on my arrival, that I was not in sympathy with the Administration and the Republican party. The man who asserted that P.B.S. Pinchback was not in favor of the Administration or the Republican party, told an infamous falsehood, and knew it to be so when he stated it. I cannot be so parliamentary as to honey my words. I might be more dignified, but my indignation will not allow me. I would like to know what information gentleman have to lead them to the conclusion that I am not in favor of the
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