Saturday, July 5, 2014

A quiz: Who said this and when was it said?

A quiz.  Who said this and when was it said?

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

Answer for those who don't recognize it:  Black Republican Booker T. Washington in 1911

Here are some other black Republicans:
  • Frederick Douglass, abolitionist  (1818-1895)
  • Edward Duplex, mayor of Wheatland, CA  (1831-1900)
  • Samuel Fuller, founder and president of Fuller Brush Products (1905-1988)
  • Harriet Tubman, abolitionist (1822-1913)
  • William F. Yardley, attorney and civil rights activist (1844-1924)
  • Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, co-founder of the NAACP (1862-1931)

Black Republicans have been around for decades spanning three centuries, so why are they being attacked so heavily now?  Because as Booker T. Washington said, there are those in the black community (along with their like-minded non-black pals) who are making a business out of keeping some people oppressed.  And modern-day black Republicans, like Allen West and Ben Carson, are threatening their business.   

For a list of black Republicans with links to their bios, click here:  List of African-American Republicans  

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