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tears by the affliction of any of these. In the dark
days of slavery, when parents and children were
forced to separate, and that not once, but often, at
each separation the scenes of affection were heart¬
rending. I have conducted funerals where it
would not be unusual to see nearly the whole adult
congregation bathed in tears, while in some white
congregations it would be difficult to observe but
few, if any, weeping.
Not that the white people do not feel for their
beloved dead, but that the manifestation of it does
not show itself, as in the case of the Negro.
Often at the graves of their masters, who had
whipped and sold them into slavery, the slaves were
seen to weep, not tears of joy, but of sympathy and
sorrow. This emotional element that is manifested
in the Negro's life is usually sincere and without
sham or hypocrisy.
Often in the religious meetings, the visitor is
caused to smile and laugh out loud, at what appears
to him to be amusing, if not ridiculous. But the
worshipers, perspiring at every pore, were never more
in earnest, and never more sincere. And what is
more, this sincerity on the part of the colored peo¬
ple have caused their critics to make allowance for
their eccentricities. Now, I maintain, as I have
already intimated, that this emotional or enthusiastic
element in the colored people — which is natural —
is capable of being turned to great good.
To deny the possibility of their development and