Assessment of Zora column

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Assessment of Zora column - OurDaily Bread <§ Sliced Thin by The Editor...
OurDaily Bread <§ Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. WMhburn A Negro Voter Sifts Some Political Chaff The current issue of Saturday livening Post (December 8> has a -special article which should be required reading for every American. Its "A Negro Voter Sizes Up Taft," written by Zora Neale Hurston, well known Ohio Negro wo- i man — and what she has lo say' about politicians and the future of America should command as close attention from whiles as from Negroes, Her article is a frank appraisal of Hubert A. Taffs chances for the presidency in 1952, but her discussion of men and government — a/id the Negro voter — could t)e applied with the same force to oilier public figures of firm character bul not so well known as the Ohio Republican senator. Zura Hurston is an able writer. Here's an example: She is discussing the muddled meaning of Ihe word "liberal," and clarifies it as follows— .. "This brings lo our minds Ihe piclure of Alexander Hamilton leaving his sick bed lo travel to Rhode Island to influence a vote to break the deadlock for the Pi esidency between Jefferson, will whom he had violently disagreec on many occasions and who be, longed to the opposing parly, anc Aaron Burr. Hamillon persuaded the Rhode Island volor lo cas his vote for Jefferson, 'because he is the better man.' That is the kind of liberalism that Taft talking about." I thought Ihis was a remarkably concise and timely illustration Those, too, were dangerous times You know what kind of a mar Burr turned out lo be. Hamillor stopped him with an act of great courage, for it cost Hamilton 1m life — Burr was so enraged that duels then being permitted, he challenged Hamillon and Mulled him. Zora Hurston is caustic about the way the Negro voter has been traded in by so-called liberals She hands a harsh package to Mrs, Eleanor Roosevelt, citing Mrs, Roosevelt's criticism of the D. A, R. for refusing to let the greal Negro artist Marian Anderson ap pear in Washington's Constitutioi Hall — Mrs. Roosevelt resigning from the D. A. R. with great publicity and gusto. But the svriler goes on lo point out that at the same time Mrs. .Rooscvell was discreelly silent a- 'ioul tho vvhi'<! high school, in Washington, which refused to let Marian Anderson sing unless Negroes were barred from the audience — Mrs. Roosevelt's silence being attributed to the fact lhat the District of Columbia is under direct control of the Democratic majority -in congress, Mrs. Roosevelt's party. "Therefore," continues this shrewd Ohio -Negro woman, "there is but one conclusion to be drawn. Marian Anderson is a world-famous artist, and deservedly so. Her name was bound lo bo known lo Negroes all over Ihc nalion. 'Do- fending 1 -her would allracl nolice and bring in the Negro vote." Concluding, Ihe writer says: ri "Wc, as Negroes, will not find Taft a liberal in the sense we have been taking Ihe word to mean, for Taft, I repeat, is not pro-anybody. Neither pro-Negro, pro-while, pro- labor, pro-management or any- Ihiny else. He is for the cause and the occasion when he believes it to be right." I submit lo you Ihe foregoing is tine of the greal political truths of our day — a slalemment lo test and try all candidates, Taft or anyone else, as we ponder the grave question of America's leadership in these dark hours for the whole world. Legion president go By the 4,

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