A Racist View Of Blacks After Slavery

“As a class it is doubtful if they have any just reason to complain of their treatment. They themselves are more to blame for their condition than anybody else. They are dissatisfied because, at the end of each year they have accumulated nothing and are in debt. They do not seek to find out the cause of this, but jump at the conclusion that they have been denied their rights, robbed and misused generally. The truth is, they are improvident. They are given credit by the country merchants to the extent of their years’ earnings, and while their credit is good, they buy extravagantly and without any regard to their actual wants. Of course, buying on credit, they pay a double price for everything they get. The consequence is, they are always behind hand and they have very few of the comforts of life. This improvidence, which seems to be a part of their nature, will keep them poor wherever they may go or in whatever locality they may settle. Before they can hope to better their condition they must become thrifty and economical.”28

  • 28 New Orleans Daily Times, March 15, 1879
  • P.64, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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