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majority. Can they achieve cither horn of this dilemma ? (an they effect a junction of the two?
l'rankly, wc doubt it. Continued suppression may be fraught with consequences disastrous to white overlorilship. In any case the tendency toward an international of the darker races cannot be set back. Increasing enlightenment, the spread of technical science, and the recently acquired knowledge of the weak points of white "civilization" gaincel by the darker peoples during the recent World War, are enough to negative such a supe position. The darker peoples will strive increasingly for their share of sunlight, and if this is what white "civilization" opposes, then white "civilizntion" is likely to liave a hard time of it.
The Rising Tide of Color. Mr. William Randolph Hearst, the ablest while proba licist in America, has broken loose, and, in a receit .cditorial in the New York American, has absolutely endorsed every word of the warning recently issued by Lothrop Stoddard in his book, "The Rising Tide of Color." In justice to Mr. Hearst, it must be pointed out (as we ourselves did in 1916) that he saw this handwriting on the wall long ago. Mr. Hearst is not particularly famous as a friend of the darker races; but one must give him credit for having scen what was involved in the war between the white nations of Europe and America. As far back as 1915, the present writer was engaged in pointing out to white people that the racial aspect of the war in Europe was easily the most impor. tant, despite the fact that 11o American paper, not even Mr. Hearst's, would present that side of the matter for the consideration of its readers. Now, however, they
are beginning to wake up -- its people generally do when disaster is upon them.-frantically with much screaming and Mapping of arms. But, in such cases, the doon ipproaching is but the ripened result of deeds that have been done, and is, therefore, absolutely inescapable.
The white race has lied and strutteel its way to greatness and prominence over the corposes of other peoples. It has capitalized, christianized and macle respectable. "scientific," and "natural," the fact of its dominion. Il has read back into history the race relations of today, striving to make the point that previous to its advent on the stage of human history, there was 110 civilization or culture worthy of the name. And with minatory linger it aclmonishes 11s that if it were to pass off the stage as the controlling factor in the World's (lestiny, there would be no civilization or culture remaining. Naturally, we take exception to luthi these views, because, for the past, we know better anel, for the future, we think letter of the many peoples who make up the cycle of civilization.
But these conditions are not the gravest at present. l'he fact of most tremendous import is that the white race in trying to settle its own quarrels las called in black, brown and yellow to do its fighting for it, with the result that black, brown and yellow will learn thereby how 10 right for themselves, even against those whom they were called in to assist. The white race cannot escape from its vilemma, however. If it were to decree liereafter that wars between whites should be restricted to whites alone, then we should be given the poignant spectacle of the white race continuing to cut its own throat while the increasing masses of black, brown and yellow remained unaffected loy that process. "It is 10 laughi," as the cynical gods would say. Or, to 11se a trite.Imericanism,
it is, "headis I win, tails you lose." It is thumbs down for the white race in the world's arena, and they are to be the dealers of their own deatlı blow. Such are the conse: quences of conquest !
The analogies between the present situation of the white race and the situation of the Roman Empire in the fourthi century of the Christian era are 100 many and striking to be easily ignored. Now, as then, we have "harbarians" and “super-nven.“ Now, as then, the super-men are such in their own estimation. Now, as then. They have, as they fondly think, at monopoly of the momey power, brain power and political power of the world. Now, its then, the necessities of their own sellishmess and greecl, 6011strain and compel them to share their orlication and their cultur, with the races whom they exploit. Now, as theit, in the crisis of their fortunes, they must tilize the knowl. cilge and abilities of these barharian folk, and now, its then, this exercising of abilities on behalf of the overlord develops abilities and ambition at an equal rate; anil, having given the barbarian tiger its first taste of bloul, the unleashed results can not now be restraineri.
In the Roman days, as in the days of Charlemagne's successors, those who hold the balances generally also wield the sword; and if their blooul and sand determine which among the rulers shall get the prizes of victory, then these same qualities must needs urge them to take from such victors-ly-proxy so much of the fruits of victory as their own needs may suggest or their own power maintain. Truly "they that inke the sword shall perish loy the sword."
The While War and the Colored Races. The following article was written in 1918 when the Great War still rageil. It was written for a certain well known radical magazine; but was found to be "too radical" for publication at that time. It is given how to the Negro public partly because the inderlying pxplanation which it offers of the root-causo of the war has not yet received treatment (even among socialistic radicals) and partly because recent events in China, India, Africa and the United States have provest olie accuracy of its forecasts !
The Nineteenth Christiani Century saw the international expansion of capitalison... the economic system of the white peoples of Western Europe and America and its establishment lay force and fraud over the lands of the colored races, black and brown and yellow. The opening years of the Twentieth Century present us with the sorry spectacle of these same white nations cutting each other's throats to determine which of them shall enjoy the property which has been acquired for this is the real sun and substance of the original "war alms" of the helligerents; although in conformity with Christian cunning, this is one which is never frankly avowed. Instead, we are fed with the information that they are fighting for "Kultur" and "on belinit of small nationalities." Let us look carefully at this camouflage,
TULE SIIAM OF "DEMOCRACY." In the first place, we in America nerd not leave our own land to scek reasons for xpecting the sincerity of democratic professions. While we are wnging war to establish democracy three thousand miles away, millions of Negrocs are disfranchised in our own land by the "cracker" democracies of the Southern States which are more intent upon making slaves of their black fellow - rilinen ihan pun reneuring the French and Belgians from the similar brutalitics of the lorriman Jonkers. The horrible blochelese of fast St. Louis was possible only in three modern Strley - Russia of the Romanoils, Turkey und the United States -emel it ill becomes any one of them to point a critical finger at the others.
lint East St. Louin was simply the climax of a long series of butcheries perpertrated on defenseless Negroes which has made the murder rate of Christian America higher than that of hrathen Africa and of cvery other civilized land. And, although our porernment can writer the execution of thirteen Negros soldiers for rosenting the wholesale insults to the amiform of the United States and defending their lives from civilian appressors, not one of the murderers of black meal, women and children has been executed or even ferreicel out. Nor has our war Congress sceni tit as yet to make lynching a licderal crime. What wonder that the Negro MASNOare insisting that before they can be expected to enthuse over the varie formula of making the world "safe for democracy" they must receive some #ssurance that their corner of the world--the South-shall first be made "sale for democracy!" Who knows but that perhaps the situation and treatment of the American Negro by vir own government and people may have kept the t'rntral l'owers from believing that we meant to fight for demouracy in Europe, and caused them to persint in a course which has driven us into this war in which we must spend billions of treasure and rivers of blood.
It should scem, then, that "lemoe'racy," like "Kultur," is more valuable as a battle-cry than as a real beliet to be practised by those who prosess it. And the plea of "small nationalitics" is cstopped by three facts: Irelanil. (irecce and likyptwhose Khedive, Abhns Hilmi, wns tumbled off his throne for fniling to enthuse over the clnims of "civilization" ns expounded by Lorid Cirey.
SIR ILARRY JOIINSTON SPEAKS, But this is merely disproof. The nverage American citizen needs some positive proof of the assertion that this war is being waged to determine who xhall dictate the destinies of the darker peoples and enjoy the usufruct of their labor. and their landı. For the average American citizen is blandly ignorant of the major