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HE colored people have often been criticised
for their emotional and sympathetic traits.
I hold that this emotional element is an
important adjunct to the progress of humanity. All
nationalities have their peculiar traits of character,
which, blended with others, add or detract in the
great progress of humanity.
The Negro race is deeply sympathetic and emo¬
tional, the latter resulting from the former. For
where there is deep sympathy, there will be emotion
more or less. In the religious worship of the
colored people, perhaps, this element of emotion
finds its greatest opportunity for display. The
Negro is deeply religious, his sympathies run in that
direction. He is in full sympathy with religion, and
expresses it in his emotions.
Now, this emotional element produces enthusiasm
and fires up the cold and indifferent. "More enthu¬
siasm " is what is wanted in all the avenues of life.