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DARK MUSINGS
DARK MUSINGS
Item IDegyptian1942 1113dark.tif
TitleDARK MUSINGS
AuthorBy EARL BROOKS
DescriptionThe Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal;
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1942 November 13
Volume24
Issue9
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptDARK MUSINGS

By EARL BROOKS

The Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator certain ina]ienable rights; that among these. are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
As regards the Negro these provisions have been singularly violated. Segregation and discrimination stand in mockery of the beautiful phraseology of this document. The poll tax and other disfranchising acts denounce the validity of the Fifteenth Amendment.
The progress of events has swept away that pseudo-government which rested on greed, pride tyranny. The government which advocated human slavery has fallen, but in its place now stands an Aristocracy—"liiy white" which retains its power of beautiful theories, impotent laws, segregation, oppression, and discrimination.
The Negro, who even in the slavery kept their
allegiance true to freedom and the most sinned against. This government, which was once prostituted to the base uses of slavery, now exploits the Negro and his resources. Today, even in time of war, the Negro receives less consideration and equality than the citizens of those countries with whom we fight. This is the American way, the Constitutional way of life.
We, as a race, ask no pitty, no benevolence, no sympathy, only simple justice. As Douglas once said: "If the Negro can not live by the line of eternal justice-the fault will not be yours; it will be his who made the Negro and established that line for his government. Let him live or die by that." Until that time when our beautiful theories become realities, our government will continue to learn like the tower of Pisa on an uncertain foundation. Democracy can not live as long as the Negro must say; "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States, and to the Republic for which it stands-one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice to all"-but me.



LanguageEnglish
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