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DARK MUSINGS
DARK MUSINGS
Item IDegyptian 1943 0521vol 24 #29.tif
TitleDARK MUSINGS
AuthorBy EARL BROOKS
DescriptionI believe the American people are sincere when they declare their hatred for fascism and Nazism. Unfortunately this is a blind hatred -the type the Aryan has for the Jew, the kind the South
has for the Negro.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1943 May 21
Volume24
Issue29
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

I believe the American people are sincere when they declare their hatred for fascism and Nazism. Unfortunately this is a blind hatred -the type the Aryan has for the Jew, the kind the South
has for the Negro. It is a hatred of names and symbols, built upon prejudice and ignorance. rather than reason. The basic ideas and theories are not hatred. They could not be, for they originated and still remain in America.
The idea of the "master folk" is over three centuries old in this country—and still going strong. This is the idea upon which slavery was built. It is upon this idea that slavery exists today. Slave ships are steaming into American ports now as they did centuries ago. Only last week
4.000 Jamaicans were brought into a Southern port to work for a "superior race". They were crowded, as years before, 4, 000 in a space built for about 1900:
Under those conditions trouble was bound to occur. The Jamaicans ran out of water and began
to complain. In old slavery style they were whipped and clubbed for this. As a result, they rioted. Just how many were killed and injured has not been disclosed. Like the Jew in Europe, they died because the "master folk" decreed. They had no choice.
Chicago stood symbolic of fascist brutality last week as a sixteen-year-old Negro boy was brutally murdered while on his way to school. Elmo Vassor was killed by two white policemen in Morgan Park, Chicago. He was shot because, the patrolmen say, he threw rocks at them. When the community became aroused over this incident, seventy extra police, storm troopers, were sent into the area to terrorize the population. That was Chicago. That was America's version of wanton and inhuman slaying of fascist, brutality.
In spite of these similar ideas, we are now fighting and killing the foreign fascist. Maybe this is because "like objects do repel each other." I do not know. But what is ironical about it all to me is the fascist treatment dealt some of our own fighters. In Montgomery, Alabama, a Negro corporal was knocked from a bus and shot by the driver last week. This is a mild example of regular treatment of Negro soldiers in the South. There they kill and go free to kill again, as long as the killer belongs to the master race. White, and white alone, is right. That is American justice, a fascist joke of equal protection and justice under law.
Negroes in America share this hatred of fascism and the other totalitarian ideologies. They have every reason to, for they have lived under such a regime for centuries. Today they joined the rest Of the Allied Nations in their hope for an Axis defeat. In the mean time. however, the Negro does not lie. It would be a lie to pretend that he is happy about receiving the same kind of treatment that men fight to spare the anti-Axis world. His one hope today is to see the Four Freedoms become a reality and to have them shared with him.
LanguageEnglish
TypeText
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