Has the new education taught them to curb and measure their
On the contrary, it has raised them beyond all bounds. They de¬
mand absolute civil and social equality. Their preachers, their pol¬
iticians, their newspapers demand it openly. What is the greatest
stimulus to the negro to reach that plane? Miscegenation; the acme
of negro aspiration. We know what was said here, only a few years
ago. by negro orators to negro audiences, on that subject, veiled un¬
der the transparent terms "unification" and "assimilation" of races.
We all remember the thrill of horror with which people read these
things in the newspapers of the day.
More lately Professor John Mercer Langston, himself a middle-'
aged mulatto, candidate for Congress in the Fourth district, said,
substantially, to the negro voters he was soliciting, that he confi¬
dently expected to see the day when the blood of both races would
be commingled under the sanction and protection of the law. He
assumed the position that God in His Providence had brought the
negro to America, that by an intermingling of the blood of both
races, a race should be developed superior in physical, moral and
intellectual qualities to the white. He presented himself to his
audiences as an illustration of this doctrine, claiming that he was
the child of a pure-blooded negro woman and a pure-blooded white
man. That the negroes were not unmindful of his utterances was
evidenced by the fact that his vote exceeded by nearly four to one,
and excluding the white Republicans (who supported Judge Arnold)
about twenty to one that received by Judge Arnold, the regular
nominee of the Republican party in that district.
Only a short time after that election a group of negro preachers
travelling at night on the Richmond and Alleghany railroad were
heard to announce the same views, probably endorsing the speech
of their candidate. We know that numbers of Northern people
advance similar opinions, notably the New York World.
Has education purified
It is a peculiarity of the race that they are subject to a sort of
epidemic hysteria, like the dancing mania of the middle ages, and
like that, inclining its victims to precipitate themselves into
water * Having, as they honestly think they have, obtained sancti-
rmitative as apes, the negroes go through the form of Immersion, as they
have seen it practiced by white people, and then call themselves Baptists.
Hut it is doing injustice to that denomination of Christians to admit that
tliey are Baptists in any proper sense of the term, for their creeds differ.
Before the war, when tiiey were under the direction of white ministers, such
for instance, as the devoted Dr. Robert Ryland, late of Richmond, there may
have been a few Christians among the in. But there are very few now.