Horace R. Cayton article - Bible Kissing
NOW ONE OF the things that have always impressed me about white folks is that they know what they want and they know the most efficient way of getting it. But j when it comes to drawing drawing this Jim - crow line, Brother, they seem to have forgotten all about their efficiency. AH they want to do is to Impress upon the darker brother that he Just isn't wanted, and if he's' got to ' be around he's got to stay in his place. The funniest kink I've ever seen in the old jim - crow line, I observed in Durham, N. C. I dropped by the court house one day with a friend of mine who is a lawyer and while I was waiting waiting for him to file some case records I walked into one of the courtrooms. A trial was Just beginning and the bailiff was swearing in the witnesses. A group of white folks were asked to raise their right hands and place their left hands on a' Bible which was extended; they repeated the oath. To my sur - . prise, when they had finished the oath they all kissed the Bible. Then a group of Negro witnesses witnesses were sworn in. They went through the same procedure except except they were handed a Bible that was marked "Colored." Man. it was sure funny to see "them white folks kissin' that white Bible and them Negroes kissin' that colored Bible." - Now you can see why I am always always saying that white folks are funny people, and what makes it even more funny is that they make Negroes act crazy, too. White folks kissing a "white" Bible Negroes kissing a "colored" "colored" Bible.