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“IF I WERE A NEGRO”
“IF I WERE A NEGRO”
Item IDegyptian 1944 0505 vol 25 #25.tif
Title"IF I WERE A NEGRO"
AuthorDaily Egyptian
DescriptionIf the roles were switched
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1944 May 5
Volume25
Issue25
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Rights StatementAll copyrights held by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Phone: + 1 (618) 453-2516. Email: http://reftrack.lib.siu.edu/reft100.aspx?key=SCRCEmail&cllcid=SCRR
CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Transcript"IF I WERE A NEGRO"

The world is tired of sympathy. Consoling words can only intensify problems. Rather, in the turmoil and chaos today, we need empathy, that is: projecting oneself in the other person's place and looking at his problems realistically.
One of the most cruelly realistic is the Negro problem in the United States today and in the post-war world. Have you ever projected yourself into the position of a Negro and felt the things he must feel? If you were a Negro what would you think and feel about racial indignities? Segregation? Discrimination- Economic Peonage? Lynchings? Poll tax? Jimcrow armed services? Lack of educational opportunities? These are problems that the Negro faces. It you were in his position how would you solve them?
The Negro Digest magazine has been running a series of articles by well-known people (Eleanor Roosevelt., Milton Mayer, etc.) who have thought about the problems "If I were a Negro".
As a student try analyzing how Negro students on the campus must feel when they are barred from restaurants, jim crowed in the theater, discriminated against because of color. Only then, perhaps, can you fully realize the problems faced by students On this campus, for there are problems.
LanguageEnglish
TypeText
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