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Fri Dec 5, 2014, 04:53 PM

E. V. Debs The Negro and His Nemesis

Written: January 1904

First Published: International Socialist Review, January 1904

Source: Library of Congress microfilm collection called “Collected Speeches and Writings of Eugene Victor Debs.”

Since the appearance of my article on “The Negro in the Class Struggle” in the November Review I have received the following anonymous letter:

Elgin, Ill., November 25, 1903.
Mr. Debs:

Elgin Sir, I am a constant reader of the International Socialist Review. I have analyzed your last article on the Negro question with apprehension and fear. you say that the South is permeated with the race prejudice of the Negro more than the North. I say it is not so. ..........

snip....... anyway you must read the whole thing including Debs rebuttal to the letter.

some great points by Debs

"All are robbed by their “superior” white brother who attends church, is an alleged follower of Jesus Christ and has a horror of “social equality.” To him “a slave is a slave for a’ that”—when he bargains for labor power he is not generally concerned about the color of the package, but if he is, it is to give the black preference because it can be bought at a lower price in the labor market, in which equality always prevails—the equality of intellectual and social debasement."

what a terrific writer...


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