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Item IDegyptian 1943 0129 vol 24 #16.tif
AuthorBy EARL BROOKS Concerning Dr. Warren Brown
DescriptionDiscussing the issue of Warren Brown's effect on Negro life.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1943 January 29
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)


Concerning Dr. Warren Brown

Wednesday I was shocked into a shameful reality by the mere mention of a man's frame. Until then I was proud of the feat that the American Negroes had never produced a Judas, or a Benedict Arnold. With the mention of that name, however, a peculiar thing happened. Something seemed to burst and I knew suddenly that our boasting days were over. At long last an Arnold had been found in the midst of the Negro. His name is Warren Brown. Ph.D.
Under the guise of "constructive'' criticism, Brown has tried to give the kiss of death to the Negroes. This renegade of Negro lights used every trick in the propaganda trade in his surreptitious attack. By name calling, subtle implications, and card stacking, Dr. Brown attempted to plant the sinister seed of hate and distrust in threats to the eight million readers-
his audience. He accused the press of being blatantly sensational and hate-making. In his article, A Negro Warns the Negro Press, Brown joins hands with the Bilbos and Connallys when he tries to blame the Negroes for all the racial tension.
Some items of Brown's indictment of the Negro press are, unfortunately, true. Some Negro papers do print stories before the proof is adequately ascertained. Others feature crimes, especially sex crimes, all out of proportion to their importance. Then too, we must admit, there are a few who cater to superstition and sensational scandal. From my study of one hundred and twelve (112) Negro papers, I found proof of these accusations. With righteous pride, however, I point these out as the exceptions instead of the rules.
The diabolic Dr. Brown, had he sincerely wanted to aid the Negro press, would have taken his warning and criticism to the Negro. Instead he voiced his eironeods -eaers of Saturday Review of Literature and Readers Digest. These
well-moaning' subscribers accept Brown as an authority on the subject because they have probably never seen a Negro publication. Most of the readers are ignorant of Like actual facts. Knowing this. propagandist Brown used ignorance to its greatest advantage. The success of his efforts, as in most eases of propaganda, depends upon ignorance.
The hate making to which Brown referred, is the united effort of the Negro press to shame the American conscience into giving the Negro equal opportunities, protection from mob violence and lynch, full American citizenship, and freedom from the humiliating, soul-crushing Jim-crow restrictions which are the patterns of our lives. The sensation-mongering is the title given the attempt to secure total emancipation and the f till measure of freedom. Since the United Nations light today for four freedoms for men, why should the effort of an oppressed people to secure recognition as "MEN" be called scandalous? The Negro press is united today in one great effort to obtain freedom as replacement for the Negro life of sub-human. half slave.
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