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7. OUR INTERNATIONAL CONSCIOUSNEXH.
The White War and the t'olored World-U-nerd-
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& EDUCATION AND THE RACE....
Reading for knowledre --Education and the RNCO.-
The Rincial Ronts of i'ulture, The New Knowledge for
the New Nekro.
9. A FEW ROOKA..
The Negra in History and civiliantion.-Dark water.--
The NININ Tints of trilor Apainut White World.
EPILOGUE: THE BLACK MAN'A BURDEN; A Reply
to Rudyard Kipling..
The Cirent War of 1914-1918 hores serveil to Illernte inany new ideas increant of luy those who rusticul loumanity into that both of blood. During that wnr thic iden of democracy was widely advertiseul, especially in the English-speaking worldl; mainly as a convenient enmouflage behind which competing imperinlists 'masker their sordlid rims. Liven the dullest can now sec that thosc who so loudly proclaimed and formulated the new democratic demands never had the slightest intention of extending cither the limits or the applications of "democracy." Ireland and India, Egypt and Russia arc still the Ithuriel's spear of the great democratic pretence. The Mamboyant advertising of "democracy" fras returned to plaguc the inventors; for the subject populations who contributed their millions in men and billions in treasure for the realization of the irical which was flaunted locforc their eyes are now clamoring for their share of it. They arc demanding that those who ndvertised democracy shall now minke good. Thir do the main root of that great unrest which is now troubling the decrepit statesmanship of Europe and America. But the rigid lines of the old
regine will not permit the granting of these new demands. Hence the new war against democracy whichi expresses it eli m the clever Barte imple attempt ton olan the demands for fuller freedom as "sedition" and “Bolshevismnl."
The more serious tweet of this new situation in the racial one. The while world has been playing with thic catch-words of democracy while ruthlessly ruling an overwhelming majority of black, brown and yellow peoples to whom these catchworiels were never intended 10 apply. But these many-colored millions have taken part in the war to make the worlel safe for democracy." and they are now insisting that democracy shall be made'safe for them. This, in plain Einglislı, their white overlords llo not intendi 10 concede. "The imdictated development of all peoples" was, at best, intended "for white people only." Thus, white civilization is brought face to face with a crisis ont of which many casily grow military conMicts of tremendous scope and, more remotely, the passing of international control out of the hands of a few white nations,
l'he tenschICAN of this new willintion has been reflected here in the United States in the mental attitude of the Negro people. They have developed new ideas of their own place in the category of races and have evolved new conceptions of their powers and destiny. These ideas have quickeneil their race-consciousness and they are making now lennes on themselves, on their leaders and on the white people in whose midst they live. These new deminnels apply to politics, domestic and international, to education nnd culture, to commerce and industry,
It seems proper that the white people of America should know what these demands are and should understand the spirit in which they are being uirged. Obvivusly, it is
1907 well that they sleelel lor misrepresenteel and licet about. liustile fulminations about the spread of "Bulslicvin" am ng Negros los "agilizlvors" will noe help toward an understanding of this new phenomenon. They can buit befog the issues and clefer the dawning of a better day. On the other hand, the Negro people will profit by a claritice presentation of their own side of the case. It is to meet this dual need that this little book is launched.
It is a compilation of some of the author's contributions 10 Negro journalism between 1917 and the present year and consists of selected editorials, special articles and reviews written for The Voice', The New Negro, and The Negro ll'orld. I have selected for reproduction those only which could fairly be considered as expositions of the new point of view evolveed during the Great War and coming into prominence since the prence was signer!. So far, this point of view has not been fully presented-- by the Negro. White men, like Messrs. Sandburg and Seligman, hnve essayer to interpret it to the white world. This little volume presents directly that which they would interpret.
It may seem 1101usual 10 ponit into permanent form the deliverances of this species of literature, But I venture to think that, as literature, they will stand the test : and I am willing to assume the risks. Besides, I feel that I owe it to my people to preserve this cross-section of their new-found soul. It was my privilege to assist in shaping some of the forms of the new consciousness; and to preserve for posterity of portion of its recoril hins soenied a luty which should not be shirked.
It was in 1916 that I first began to hammer out some of the ideas which will be found in these pages. It was in that year that I gave up my work as a lecturer and teacher among white people to give myself exclusively to work