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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page42.pdf

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After the gentleman had concluded a vote of thanks was tendered to him.

The next speaker introduced was Hon. G. T. Ruby, of Texas, who, in an eloquent and able manner, spoke of the wrongs inflicted upon his race; of the debasing influence of slavery, which so disgraced the United States, had upon the black men; it had to a certain extent made them incapable of demanding their rights, and there were few who had enforced their rights. He spoke of the insults that the colored man, no matter how proud his position, was subjected to. This, of course, must be remedied. The colored man must vindicate his manhood. There is a feeling, said he, in the breast of almost every colored man, that if he could be something else besides black, he would be so. They were ashamed of their race. To be called "black" is to insult them. They did not like the odium that is attached to the name of "black." This feeling was brought on by slavery. It was its influence that made them feel so. This was not manly, yet it was true.

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