Vicksburg Herald, June 30, 1870

Vicksburg Herald, June 30, 1870


MR. EDITOR: In a public meeting at the court-house last Saturday evening, one Thomas W. Stringer, a mulatto from Cincinnati, advocated the establishment of a black-man’s party; said he wanted a black man for Sheriff, black man for clerk of the Courts, for county Treasurer, &c., &c.; that the black man should work out his own destiny. Those are the words he spoke – those are the principles he advocated! This I consider a very dangerous doctrine. It is in direct opposition to the civil rights bill, and most of all, dangerous and ruinous to the interests and future of the colored man. To array one race against the other would be in our nation as thirty-six whites against four blacks. This will never do.

Any one attempting to do so is the worst enemy the colored man could have. I am glad to learn that this miserable demagogue was terribly rebuked by his own people on the occasion above alluded to; that in a crowd of hundreds he had none to sustain him. This same Stringer is the man who a few years ago came so near being ducked in the Mississippi for preaching Andy Johnson conservatism. The overwhelming rebuke administered by Capt. Pease at the above meeting to the old sinner deserves well of the Captain, and indicates that the demagoguery of a runaway mulatto is more than even he can stand. You may hear more on this subject.


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