wilds of Siberia; it can be truthfully said that the Helots of Sparta,
the Pariahs of India, the Moslems of Turkey have suffered less than
the Jews in Christian Europe.*
These people are here; we see them daily in Richmond,
and though they number less than 1,500 souls, or 1 1-2 per
cent, of our population, we meet them everywhere (except in
the poor-house, the jail, and the penitentiary, which appear to
be the favorite haunts of the negro): in law, in politics, in
trade, in literature and art, and leading all competitors in certain
lines of business. Could two thousand years of oppression have
reduced them to the present level of the emancipated negro? Why
could it not? Because they are Caucasians, and because they have
stood upon the ten commandments from the time of Moses. They
apknowledge that they are not to murder, not to commit adultery,
not to steal, not to bear false witness, and that it is their duty to
honor their father and mother.
But negroes do not stand upon these cardinal virtues. They are
traits they cannot comprehend and never possessed. And this for a
very simple reason : the whole race is unchaste. Taking Richmond
again, which should give the best results of negro education in its
effect on morals, I find that the census of her school population
proves that one-half the negro scholars are illegitimate. Does not
this show that incontinence is the rule with their women? And
are not morals based on motherhood? And what is motherhood
And her rich dower of clustering charities ?
How many "lessons learnt out of school books" can obliterate
crimes and vices bred in the bone, sucked in with mother's milk,
confirmed in the growing child by the daily conduct of its mother,
and running back, in an unbroken line of example, from mother to
daughter, for 4,000 years, that wre know of?f
""" The Influence of the Jews on the Progress of the World." A lecture by
Simon Wolf, of Washington, D. C, April, 1888.
t It does not come within the scope of this article to show, as I might do,
that the depreciation of the Virginia negro, after twenty-four yt-ars of free¬
dom and nineteen years of schooling, might have been foretold from his
ethnological history, as displayed in
(1) The monuments of Egypt, Babylon, &c, which prove that thousands
of years ago, though in close contact vith the highest civilization of that an¬
cient period, he never rose above the condition of an abject.
(2) His present condition in Africa, which is not less degraded and barba¬
rous now than it was then.
(3) Hi-< lap^e to barbarism in Liberia ; which was settled, under extraordi¬
nary advantages, by the pick of his race from the United States.
(4) His condition in Hayti, where, signalizing his emancipation 100 years
ago by exterminating the white men of the island, and then attempting to
exterminate the mulattoes, he has now come back to anarchy and cannibal¬
The authorities for all the above assertions are readily accessible to any who
may desire to consult them.