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Item IDegyptian 1944 0225 vol 25 #19.tif
DescriptionSegregation and the American values of Negroes
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1944 February 25
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)


NO ONE loves America and all that it stands for more than as much as the Negroes do. However, that is well known to all for it is the Negroes who do the
hard work—work that makes possible to have new roads, new houses, food, and clothing. They spend long hours in fields, shops, factories, in the different
places of business, some doing large tasks and others doing tasks that are smaller, but essential. Take the laborers that are found at work when new
roads are being constructed. Who does the mixing of the concrete? the operating of the machines?
the applying of the mixture to the ground thus forming a smooth layer of material to make riding
and walking easier for all of the
people who pass that way? There may be one or two white faces in the group, but in a few cases
only. The majority of the faces seen will be those of Negroes, Negroes who ate willing, as well
as able, to do their part to make this a better place to live in in the present day as well as in the
future. In our own school we find Negroes as janitors. They do their jobs and do them well
because they know that cleanliness
helps to promote good health. Although the work is not; easy at all times, they do it without complaining because they know that it must be done and that no one can do it better than they can. It is their part in helping to make this a better place
to live in.
In spite of the segregation and lack of equality shown to Negroes, they patronize and do all
their power to make places of business as successful as possible, for they know that unless they do
their part the financial status the business firms will become lower and this will force the managers to get goods of cheaper grades. This goes for the dry
good stores, movies, and the cafes as well. If quantity overrules quality, the Negroes will be able
to say that they did their Part to have the situation reversed.
Because Negroes feel that the
best material that they can produce is what is needed to make this a better place to live in, they
strive to give things that will increase knowledge, too. They write books, books that will not lower the standards of thinking but elevate them instead. They
also write books that will help
to make life much easier—books full of entertainment and things on the sunny side of life. In the Negroes also contribute the best that there is. Some of the
very best paintings are done by members of the Negro race. In the musical, scientific, and political field Negroes also give the best of their knowledge and service.
Doing their part to make fighting
life for the soldiers overseas easier. the only criticism made was on their morale. There have been
more white women discharged from the WAACS than Negro
women. Because many people have accepted the idea that Negroes' morale is lower than that
of others, the reason given for the return of the Negro WAACS was accepted without objections
on the part of anyone except the Negroes. Another puzzle, if it may be termed as such, is the
one concerning the blood banks. Just as the white man feels that, his blood is needed, so does the
Negro, and it is. If Negro soldiers were not fighting as well as white soldiers. then it wouldn't
make so much difference whether Negroes gave blood or not. but since they are fighting, it is no
more than right for Negro blood to be accepted. All of the blood that is accepted and made into
plasma is going to be used to help the American soldiers who need transfusions and such to get
well when they are injured. Things that would help this world to become a better place to live
in are the things that Negroes would like to and try to participate in, but there is always that
group of people who feel that they are superior and if there is any credit to he had, they are the
ones to have it. They do all they can to discourage and hinder the help. Negroes' participation. Negro
women are turned down in organization such as SPARS and WAVES, but this does not give them inferiority feelings, instead it makes them feel that the people who turn them down are afraid—afraid that they won't be able to perform their Jobs as well
as Negro women. Each thing that is done with the intention of hurting Negroes only makes them strive that much harder to make a success and excel all others, and in the majority of the cases
they are the victors even though the credit is not given to them.
Taking all of these things into consideration, it Is plain as can be that the Negroes are the ones
with the democratic spirit, they are the ones who have that genuine love for their country, they
are the ones who have the rights
to a democratic country.
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