|Item ID||egyptian 1944 0303 vol 25 #19.tif |
|Title||DARK MUSINGS |
|Author||By DOROTHY SYKES |
|Description||Opposition for the Negro race. |
|Original Publication Source||Daily Egyptian |
|Date||1944 March 3 |
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|Transcript||DARK MUSINGS |
By DOROTHY SYKES
There is a plea, not only in the United States but in the whole of civilization as Well, that Justice might prevail. There is also a character, seemingly as strong, that is determined to prevent the
prevailing of justice. That character is Opposition and although all minority groups face a great
deal of opposition. the Negro race comes face to face with opposition more than any one of the
other minority groups. In spite of opposition. "Uncle Tom" and "Aunt Dinah" have performed those tasks which all others shirk yet without which America would not be great.
American colonies were failure until they came to their rescue. Even the soil of Dixie
refused to yield its crop of fleecy cotton till it heard their worries, singing in plaintive melody, as they buried the seed within its; bosom. You find them doing the' same in Missouri less than two hundred miles from us. They have followed the hoe and the plow with laughter and with song they have Worked willingly, Worked long, with no reward other than a slave's cabin and life of bondage for themselves and their children. They are willing and do not mind continuing to carry the world upon their shoulders, but, they too, want Justice.
"Uncle Tom" and "Mint Dinah" are also very prominent in the business world for they are round contributing to the financial prosperity of the world, dealing
stocks and bonds; their children are found pooling their wealth and establishing banks through' which are made possible many enterprises. For example. Mrs. Maggie Lena Walker. one of the most famous women in America, operates a bank and insurance. They are also found in the insurance world developing a field which, for a long time, was controlled by opposition.
Without the contributions in medicine and surgery made by "Uncle Tom" and "Aunt Dinah" material medic would not be half as effective as it now is. Our own Dr. C. Leon Wilson specialized in gynecology and obstetrics, the part of medicine that makes citizens healthy and strong. Even in the early days, when man was a mere child, so to speak. Uncle Tom invented the smelting of iron and made the giant structures of today possible. Looking at the music world it is easy to see that in this "the land of the free and the home of the brave" the only original contribution to the realm of music is that which Aunt Dinah
made. In spite of all this, however, opposition still exists.
Aunt Dinah's womanhood is one to be proud of. It is a womanhood which has met discouragements; a womanhood to which was shown no glittering rays of hope; a womanhood that has walked in darkness and yet has
emerged, bringing with it a light that shines for under greater opposition than any other womanhood has endured. Although other women were enslaved by
opposition, they were allowed religious liberty and given the right to improve their minds. but Aunt
Dinah. with the door of hope shut
in her face, with a veil drawn between her and God, with the school house bolted anti barred against her entrance has brought forth children who by their rapid strides have excited the wonder of the twentieth century. Should Aunt Dinah's womanhood stop shedding its ennobling influence upon the social life and do what opposition would have it do, the whole fabric of civilization would crumble anti fall. Yet, her entrance in the Waves and Spars is barred. When she attempts to give blood to her many sons now fighting she is not considered.
There is opposition to Uncle Tom and Aunt Dinah's presence" in the United States, but justice, which believe it or not, shall someday prevail. In proving that Tom and Dinah belong here as much as any other nationality. we look to the Declaration of Independence which was adopted in the General Congress on July 4th, 1776, which says that they are equal to everyone else and entitled to enjoy the same blessings. We look to the 12th amendment, adopted December 18th, 1865. which says that they should not be enslaved. We look to the 14th amendment, adopted July 28, 1868, which says that Tom and Dinah are citizens and should have a voice in civil affairs. Lastly we look to the 15th amendment, adopted May 30th. 1870. which says that they shall not be denied the rights of franchise.
Yes, opposition is very powerful, but someday in the near future, justice. Uncle Tom, Aunt Dinah, and the other minority groups shall, as the primary stories end. live happily ever after. Justice must prevail!