The Forum Volume 8

The Forum Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...comes to trial. This race antagonism must increase, for its cause is permanent and potently active. Time cannot allay its heat, for two forever separate and distinct races of citizens will continue to face each other and to struggle for office and mastery. On the same soil there is no possible relief from this friction and its consequences. Race friction is found also, to a certain degree at least, in the matter of public accommodation, as in railway cars, boats, and other public conveyances; and, in a less degree, in places of popular assembly. Some relief is found in these cases. By mutual consent, whites and blacks use their own several and distinct churches and schools. Many railway companies provide separate accommodation for the races. The highway and the sidewalk have each its own unwritten law for travelers and pedestrians. At the store and in the market the rule, "first come, first served," has tolerable application. Most of such cases among an order-loving people may take care of themselves; but the disorderly can and do make such contact the occasion of much trouble. Separation here is in the interest of peace; yet this separation renders racial distinction still more emphatic and pronounced. A "dead line" runs through church, school, politics, and business relations, as well as through social life. How can it be otherwise? An ever-present consciousness of an iron race wall is before both whites and blacks. Dub it "southern situation," "southern problem," or what we may, the portentous riddle looms up before us, challenging, yet defying, solution; What may be the result of this necessary alienation of race? Will the white man's God still be the Negro's? Will the Caucasian's faith, more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 454g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926242
  • 9781236926241