Or, A Colored Man's Reply to Bishop Foster. jj
My impression is that on every ground there ought not to be
such a separation. It would be simply and boldly saying that a
black man is not good enough for the great Methodist Body
because he is black. Your inquiry above bases the idea of
separation upon " prejudice,"' and suggests the question of
separation "until such prejudice is overcome." I should as-
soon think of a man and wife separting until some equally un¬
warrantable prejudice between them is overcome. Besides,.
separation only emphasises and perpetuates the prejudice. The
Christian aud decent way to overcome it is by generous action.
within the whole Methodist Body. The whole outside world
would consider separation as evidence, not that the prejudice is-
to be overcome, but that it is unsurmountable. John D. Long.
I am bound to say that while I do not doubt the wish of those
who favor the separation of races in church organization and
worship, I can not but regard it as a proposition totally at
variance with the principles of Christ, a capitulation to the spirit
of caste and the deliberate production and acceptance of a
schism in the body of our Lord—a proposal to heal one shame¬
ful running sore by creating a worse one. It does not cure an
injustice to make a harbor where it can hide. G. W Cable.
I have a wide acquaintance with, and a warm affection for,.
your noble Church, and am sometimes playfully called a.
"Methodist Presbyterian." If I were a Methodist, I should de¬
sire that every wise and reasonable effort should be made to-
keep 250.000 colored members in the church in which they
were born by nature, and born agnin by divine grace. I should
also contend that no Methodist preacher should be debarred
from any "position of influence or emolument" who possessed
the requisite gifts and graces, even though his complexion were