negro supremacy became the excuse.. When that is worn out,
now it is assault upon defenseless women. I undertake to say,
that this order and periodicity is significant and means something
and should not be overlooked. And now that negro suprem¬
acy and negro domination are no longer defensible as an
excuse for negro persecutions, there has come in due course,
this heart-rending cry about the white women and little
white children of the South.
Now, my friends, I ask what is the rational explanation of
this singular omission of this charge in the two periods pre¬
ceding the present ? Why was not the charge made at that
time as now ? The negro was the same then as to-day-
White women and children were the same then as to-day
Temptations to wrong doing were the same then as to-day
Why then was not this dreadful charge brought forward against
the negro in war times and why was it not brought forward in
reconstruction times ?
I will tell you , or vou, yourselves, have already answered
the question. The only rational answer is that there was no
foundation for such a charge or that the charge itself was
either not thought of or was not deemed necessary to excuse
the lawless violence with which the negro was then pursued
and killed. The old charges already enumerated were deemed
all sufficient. This new charge has now swallowed up all the
old ones and the reason is obvious.
Things have changed since then,old excuses were not avail¬
able and the negro's accusers have found it necessary to
change with them. The old charges are no longer valid.
Upon them the good opinion of the North and of mankind can¬
not be secured. Honest men no longer believe in the worn-out
stories of insurrection. They no longer believe that there is
just ground to apprehend negro supremacy Time and events
have swept away these old refuges of lies. They did their
work in their day, and did it with terrible energy and effect,
but they are now cast aside as useless. The altered times and
circumstances have made necessary a sterner, stronger, and
more effective justification of Southern barbarism, and hence,
according to my theory, we now have to look into the face of
a more shocking and blasting charge than either negro suprem¬
acy or insurrection or that of murder itself.