THE RACE ISSUE
Our Greatest Domestic Problem
As The United States of America, the most powerful of all the nations of the world, and her heroic Allies are celebrating complete and final victory and writing finis to the greatest war in human history, there is an internal problem which looms high upon our national horizon, casting a shadow across the length and breadth of this land. The eternal question of color-the race issue-the Negro problem. Call it what you wish. It must be faced!
Although the race problem may seem to lie dormant at times, it continually exists, lives on and on and sometimes rages with all the fury of a jungle beast. It gnaws at the very vitals of our existence, in time it will sap our strength and destroy the greatness of our American way of life unless solved properly and permanently. The time has now come when we must devote all the necessary efforts to set our household in order and to find a permanent solution to this heretofore unsolved problem.
From the time of slavery through the bloody years of the War Between the States and the days when the South drank from the bitter cup of Reconstruction down to the present time, the Negro problem has been before the American people. It has been, and is today, our greatest domestic problem. No other issue has been such a source of constant friction, has demanded so much thought and attention, nor has lasted so long. Volumes have been written, great speeches have been made, sermons have been preached, but the Negro problem has been passed on from generation to generation. The difficulties have increased with the passing years, the obstacles have become so great that some students of the question have cried out in weariness and despair that there is no solution.
We refuse to accept a defeatist attitude. An answer can and must be found. In the past four or five years over two hundred books have been written by Negroes and white Quislings pleading for Negro equality, while only five or six books have been written in behalf of the preservation of the white race and white supremacy. Let those who now plead that this is not the time for discussing the race question obtain any of these two hundred books or any current Negro newspaper or magazine and read the demands of the Negro leaders for complete political, economic, and social equality. They openly advocate the intermarriage of whites and Negroes, and this inflammable doctrine is being spread among the Negroes throughout this country. This group purposely forced the race issue with all its implications to the front in the midst of our Nation's all-out war-effort; they have demanded an answer.
The campaign for complete equality launched by the Negro leaders has now reached alarming proportions. The communists in this country have secretly and openly tried to indoctrinate the Negroes with the idea of social equality with the white race for their own purposes and as part of their plan to overthrow the American dual system of Constitutional government. (1) The great majority of white Americans have failed to realize the intensity of this campaign for racial equality and for the abolition of racial segregation in this Nation. Some have known of these efforts but have failed to realize the dangers that are involved. A few deluded whites have collaborated with the colored leaders in their efforts to break down the racial barriers and force the social equality of the races. Still others have acquiesced in the campaign by their failure to speak out against this attempt to destroy American ideals and institutions. Perhaps they have been lulled to sleep by false interpretations of the meaning of equality or by unfounded pleas in the name of science, of democracy, or of religion.
White America must be awakened! The Federal Government has entered the field of race relations by the exercise of unprecedented war powers in the issuance of Executive Order Number 8802, reinforced by Executive Order Number 9346, which forbids racial discrimination in employment in war industries and in government; the Army and Navy as well as certain government agencies have tried to indoctrinate and orientate American soldiers, sailors, and marines with the idea of social equality of the white and black races; the blood of both races has flowed in the streets of Detroit, Beaumont, Columbia, and New York within recent months; an all-out attack on racial segregation has been launched; the Negro leaders do not hesitate to declare that they will obtain full equality even if force must be used. In view of such circumstances, the issue can no longer be discussed in a whisper nor banished into the background. Action is demanded! We must solve the problem completely and irrevocably, or we must prepare ourselves for the inevitable blood admixture of the white and black races in the United States-total mongrelization.
No one can deny the importance of this question. Its very essence involves the preservation of the white race as well as the Negro race; it is a matter of blood. Compared with the interests which we have at stake in this issue, all questions concerning education, agriculture, trade and commerce, labor and capital, tariffs and subsidies fade into insignificance. This Nation with all its might and glory would never have achieved its greatness without the directing hand and creative genius of the white race, and any effort to destroy the blood of this race by contamination with the blood of Africa is an effort to destroy the Nation and its future. To deny these truths is to deny all history itself.
Throughout our national history, the American people have faced grave and perplexing problems and have solved them. Challenges have been met; enemies have been conquered; a War Between the States lasting four years- bloody, costly, and perilous-was unable to tear this Nation asunder. No crisis has proved too great for American ability, ingenuity, and courage. Now the time has come when all these characteristics and qualities, together with all our knowledge of the past and present, must be summoned for the task before us. The Negro problem has been with us too long already. Through the years, noble attempts have been made to improve race relations and to relieve racial tension, but such efforts have been merely pouring oil on the troubled waters. The cause for the trouble has remained and we must now awake and arise to seek a permanent solution to the race problem or else be forever engulfed by it.
Let there be no dodging of the issue. The lines are clearly drawn, and there is no middle ground. This problem, which exists because of the presence of some 12,865,518 Negroes in this country, can be permanently solved only by the physical separation of the races or by resigning ourselves to total mongrelization resulting in the destruction of both the white and black races and thus realizing the dream of the late Professor Franz Boas of Columbia University and many Negro writers-a brown race-a mixed race-mongrels-products of sin itself. Thousands of years of racial contact throughout world history offer proof of this conclusion. The experiences and history of thousands of years prove that whenever and wherever the white and black man have tried to live side by side the result has been mongrelization which has destroyed both races and left a brown mongrel people.
Early in our Nation's history, the immortal Thomas Jefferson knew that there were only two permanent solutions to the race problem, and he advocated the policy of separation of the races. His famous words have echoed through the corridors of time:
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free: NOR IS IT LESS CERTAIN THAT THE TWO RACES, EQUALLY FREE, CANNOT LIVE IN THE SAME GOVERNMENT.Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, whose racial philosophy closely paralleled that of Jefferson, warned the American people against the dangers of amalgamation. The Great Emancipator studied the question, thoroughly understood the difficulties involved, and he pleaded with his countrymen to adopt the policy of physical separation of the races. Closely following Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant tried to bring about the physical separation of the races during the eight years that he was President. It was evident to these statesmen, and to the many others who have been the leaders of their time in practically every decade of American history (2), that the only way to safeguard the future of this Nation was to carry out a policy of racial separation, and it should be even more evident to us today some eighty years later. Carrying out the policy of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Grant may be a Herculean task. But impossible? Definitely not. The integrity of our white blood is at stake! It must be preserved.
Let those who hesitate heed this warning. The issues have been drawn; the two alternatives have been pointed out; action is demanded. Many sincere people are unconcerned and refuse to take a positive stand and try to do something about this problem because the mongrelization of the white and black races is a slow process and will not be completed within their life time. But this process is as certain as death. "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." (3) We can wait too long. If we do not adopt the policy of physical separation and set about to accomplish this objective, then by our very silence and inactivity or the sin of omission we are drifting into the other alternative, amalgamation or the mixing of the blood of the races. Time waits for no one and fate plays no favorites. If we do not choose to save ourselves. then our destruction is inevitable. And our time for choosing is limited. Segregation is only a stop gap-it has and will delay for awhile the inevitable results of mongrelization. But there is a day in the future when we may be lost without redemption. Once the blood is corrupted, there is no power on earth, neither armed might, nor wealth, nor science, nor religion itself, that can restore its purity. Then there will be no Negro problem because the blood of that race will be commingled with the blood of the white race, and a mongrel America would have no reason to worry over the race issue. Who will choose that our free Republic of tomorrow be the product of miscegenation, bastardization, and mongrelization?
We should be eternally grateful that there is yet time for the other choice. Separation of the races is the only way to solve properly, adequately, and permanently the race problem and safeguard the future of this Republic. No obstacles are insurmountable when the life's blood is at stake. The blood, culture, and civilization of the white race are our heritage. Shall our generation possess the vision, foresight, and courage to solve forever the race problem so that ours will be the heritage of all the generations of Americans yet unborn? Or shall we pass the problem on and on to grow in magnitude with the passing years until our posterity sinks into the mire of mongrelism? God forbid that we choose the latter!