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State Colored Men's Convention


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citizens would only set us the example. With the aid of their powerful public sentiment, they compel us, very much against our will, to be colored on board of steamboats, upon railways, at places of amusement, in hotels and under many other circumstances in violation of our civil rights; but upon the day of election, when officers are to be chose and honors are to be conferred, we are unblushingly asked to surrender our self respect - to forget our wrongs and outrages, the restraint upon our private and public rights, with every hotel closed against us, denied accommodations in first class saloons and upon steamboats, with degrading proscriptions upon railways and in places of amusement - we are solicited to elevate to positions of public trust the men who are responsible for our wrongs and who are doing everything in their power to perpetuate this most unholy crusade against our unfortunate people.

As the dove fears the hawk, as the lamb shudders at the approach of the wolf, and as men rush from pestilence and death, so do we dread political contact with our reactionary fellow citizens, so do we shrink with just apprehension from all associations with them, and so do we repudiate in our very souls the idea of supporting men who are always signing for "the good old times," and whose moral and political influence is still exerted in quickening the spirit of oppression. We are ready to united with all good elements of every color in developing the resources of the State in lightening the heavy burdens of the people in reduction of taxes consistent with public necessities: in diminishing the indebtedness of the State by a faithful application of the revenue; in increasing its credit by a sound financial system calculated to inspire popular confidence, and the many other matters tending to promote its prosperity, but the Mississippi will flow up stream, the waters of the ocean will become fresh, the sun will shine at midnight, and the moon beams at high noon, while thundering Niagara will reverse its impetuous course, before any political union can be consummated between us, unless they become converted to the gospel of freedom according to the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments, including the civil rights bill.

Hon. J. Hale Sypher was then presented, and made a short address.

General Sypher remarked that he was too ill to speak, as he was suffering so severely from a headache as to be unable to see plain enough to recognize his friends. He called the attention of the auditors to the fact that their opponents never were satis-

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