The condition of things arising from such a fact, is
the one and only excuse to be advanced for discussing
the otherwise senseless question of Solomon's color; a
king who reigned quite three thousand years ago.
To give formal shape to this excuse, we say, we dis¬
cuss the color of Solomon for three reasons:
The first is, that it is well enough to know the truth
of a matter, even though it be trivial; and for the
The second is, in a land like ours, where anything
like greatness is universally denied to all who are not
of the white race; or, against all facts to the contrary,
such characters and peoples as attain to incontestable
Republic is opportunity" for all its citizens in a better sense
than in any other lands. As a matter of fact, it is not, where
color is concerned. . , .
In England, with his ability as a speaker, Frederick Douglass
would unquestionably have become a member of Parliament:,
and he might easily have been knighted, as men darker than he
have been In France he would have found Dumas, a man
darker than himself, honored through life in every social circle
and after death one of the few whose statue stands in the Thea¬
tre Francais. If, as might easily have been the case, Douglass
had been elected to the French Academy, he would have found
there, now and in the past, men of his race. In no corner ot
France and in no part of Europe would he have found the hotel,
the theatre, the railroad car, the school or the home in which
he would not have been accepted on his merits as a man and his
manners as a gentleman. . .
This simple equalitv and justice exists in all other civilized
nations. When like even-handed justice is dealt here the Negro
question will be solved, and no other solution can give peace be¬
cause none other is just."