AFRICA AND AMERICA.
Now I do not ignore the intellectual evils which have
fallen upon us. Neither am I indifferent to the politi¬
cal disasters we are still suffering. But when I take a
general survey of our race in the United States I can¬
not avoid the conclusion,
1st. That there are evils which lie deeper than intel¬
lectual neglect or political injury; and 2d, that to pass
over the deeper maladies which destroy a man or a
people, to attend to evils less virulent in their effects,
shows the greatest unwisdom. "That the soul should
be without knowledge is not good;" but wide attention
is given to the schooling and instruction of the black
population of the land; and there need be no fear that
the race can relapse into its former ignorance and
benightedness. And next, with regard to political
rights,—they are grand prerogatives, and to be highly
prized. But do not forget that manhood has been
reached even under great civil deprivations. Even in
the times of the Caesars, St. Paul could exhort men in
"the city of God"—"Quit you like men, be strong!"*
And the first Christians, under greater civil disabilities
than ours, were the grandest of their kind.
The three special points of weakness in our race at
this time are, I apprehend: —
i. The status of the family.
2. The conditions of labor.
3. The element of morals.
It is my firm conviction that it is our duty to ad¬
dress ourselves more earnestly to the duties involved
*l Cor., 16; 13.