The Negro in the Cities of the North

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Charity Organization Society, 1905 - African Americans - 96 pages

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Page 75 - The traits of the American Negro are adequately explained on the basis of his history and social status. The tearing-away from the African soil and the consequent complete loss of the old standards of life, which were replaced by the dependency of slavery and by all it entailed, followed by a period of disorganization and by a severe economic struggle against heavy odds, are sufficient to explain the inferiority of the status of the race, without falling back upon the theory of hereditary inferiority.
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Page 31 - South, from twenty to forty years of age, who has come to the city to better his fortune, as he conceives fortune. His conception of government, as he comes into a great modern world city, is extremely crude. He knows practically nothing of the actual work of any typical government, — local government in the South is a Chinese puzzle to the average citizen; the Negro sees it only in its repressive and harrying functions, and he is allowed to take little or no part in it. The chances are, then,...
Page 2 - To this question anthropology can give the decided answer that the traits of African culture as observed in the aboriginal home of the Negro are those of a healthy primitive people, with a considerable degree of personal initiative, with a talent for organization, and with imaginative power, with technical skill and thrift.
Page 75 - It may be well to state here once more with some emphasis that it would be erroneous to assume that there are no differences in the mental make-up of the Negro race and of other races, and that their activities should run in the same lines. On the contrary, if there is any meaning in correlation of anatomical structure and physiological function, we must expect that differences exist.
Page 75 - ... imaginative power; with technical skill and thrift. Neither is a warlike spirit absent in the race, as is proved by the mighty conquerors who overthrew states and founded new empires, and by the courage of the armies that follow the bidding of their leader.
Page 75 - Negro problem requires also a word on the "race instinct " of the whites, which plays a most important part in the practical aspect of the problem. Ultimately this phenomenon is a repetition of the old instinct and fear of the connubium of patricians and plebeians, of the European nobility and the common people, or of the castes of India. The emotions and reasonings concerned are the same in every respect. In our case they relate particularly to the necessity of maintaining a distinct social status...
Page 76 - As in the other cases mentioned, the so-called instinct is not a physiological dislike. This is proved by the existence of our large mulatto population, as well as by the more ready amalgamation of the Latin peoples. It is rather an expression of social conditions that are so deeply ingrained in us that they assume a strong emotional value ; and this, I presume, is meant if we call such feelings instinctive. The feeling certainly has nothing to do with the question of the vitality and ability of...
Page 5 - Asyium. made by the Colored Orphan Asylum and Association for the Benefit of ^Colored Children in the City of New York.
Page 27 - ... wishing that he might take his chances with the American — but he is living among many races, the most of whom have but lately found their way to this country and are without tradition of friendliness. He has to meet the Irish, the German, the Hebrew, the Italian, the Slav. These maintain varying attitudes of animosity and friendliness. The Irish is the most boisterously aggressive, though when once the Irishman really knows the Negro he can be a very good comrade. New York seems to demand...

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