NEGROES ARE A MENACE TO CIVILIZATION, says South Carolina House of Representatives

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Which has just “passed and sent to the Senate a joint resolution calling on Congress to repeal the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution,” according to the New-York Tribune. “The resolution declares negroes are a menace to civilization and responsible for the hookworm.”

Concern about hookworms in the South is well founded. However, it is unclear how declaring their unfortunate hosts a menace to society, unworthy of the franchise, will disturb the hookworm in the least. Fortunately Mr. Rockefeller’s efforts at eradicating the hookworm look much more promising.

As to the legislators and their antiquated view of Negroeslet us judge not, that we be not judged. Like anyone, whatever these Democrat legislators did, however terrible, however hurtful, it all made sense in their heads.  You never meet anybody who thinks they’re a bad person.

And one trusts that in the fullness of time, the good people of South Carolina will exhibit the ability to judge people not by their membership in a group, but by their individual qualities — not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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