is not your country—though you have served it as faith¬
fully ; and according to your opportunities, done as much
for it'; and behaved as well in it, all things fairly consider¬
ed • and when occasion called, poured out your blood for
it, as cheerfully and as bravely, as we have—yet it is not
your country—it is the white man's land—that is, it is the
land of the men of all colors, by courtesy called white
amongst themselves, who, as a body, have always been
your spurners and your tyrants, and never your slaves !
Off—off to Africa, your fathers' land ; though half of you
have more orthodox than heterodox blood in your veins ; and
there, in a comparative wilderness, surrounded by barba¬
rian despotisms, and in the midst of a heathen people, not
yet gospel-hardened, far away forever from your native
country, you may find a degree of equity and kindness,
which in the United States, your native land, you never
The national state of mind in England, was and is, that
of a brother and a friend, towards the free colored people.
The national state of mind towards them, in the United
States, was and is, (except when their aid has been needed
in times of danger and emergency ; witness Gen. Jackson's
orders near New Orleans, last war;) a contemptuous suf¬
ferance, or a supercilious benignity. " Stand off," it says,
" we are better than ye. Keep far enough from our moon-
colored nobility, and we will magnanimously suffer you !"
Here it may be useful to remark, that the color, with any
propriety called white, extends not to one-tenth of the hu¬
man family; and, that little more than one-tenth of this
tenth, is afflicted with the color-phobia.* That is, about one
person in a hundred of the whole human family, is subject
to this cruel disease ; and then, he, in his hallucinations,
dreams that his feelings are the law of nature ! and that
whoever does not feel as he he does, is a fool or a villain.
But this cruel and criminal madness, is beneath the co¬
lored nine-tenths of the world—and to all the white people
* The terror which the Africans have of white men, is rather the ter¬
ror of the reputation which white men have acquired amongst them, of
cannibalism, robbery and murder, than of color.