104 SLAVE CABIN TO PULPIT.
I have strong faith in the rule of conscience,
and I believe that many of the hindrances that now
impede the progress of my people will be removed,
and that there will be better facilities, and greater
opportunities for them.
I regret exceedingly that there are some, who
term themselves ministers of the Gospel, who are
constantly holding up to public ridicule, the
immoral and degraded condition of some colored
people, and trying to prove that the colored people
as a race are unfit for citizenship. At this writing,
a prominent minister of New York City, writing on
the condition of the colored people, calls them bas¬
tards, and says they are immoral and superstitious.
It may be that some are without legitimate fathers,
and some are immoral and superstitious. But the
same may be said of some white people, in almost
every thickly-settled community. But would any
minister, or anyone else, dare to say all were such ?
If he did he would be called a lunatic. Before the
white South parades the Negro's immorality before
the world, let her ask herself and conscience, what
has the South done to improve the degraded condi¬
tion of the colored people. And is she free from all
responsibility in this matter? The preacher for the
time, should be uncompromising in the truth, not
making an apology for sin and wrong-doing, not cov¬
ering up hypocrisy, but uncovering it, and teaching
men the awful consequences of sin. Theodore
Parker did not fail to criticise the ministers of the