A Negro's Faith in America

A Negro's Faith in America

A Negro's Faith in America

A Negro's Faith in America

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This book is about my belief in America and my faith in the willingness of her people to accept the moral obligations of a democratic way of life. I hold to the view that the spirit of most of my fellow citizens is good, and will rise, in any great crisis, above the selfish desires of the few.

Because of my faith in the American people, I believe that they will come to an understanding of one another, if they are encouraged to do so, and if they are kept informed by their leaders of the importance of the American way of life. Those in our midst who are strong can show us how to help one another. The weak and the helpless will always be a reminder of how far we are from our ideal.

I believe that America will always rely on the wisdom of all the people to decide vital issues. The Negro representing some of the people wants to give of his best to the future of his country and to add his racial gifts of human understanding, patience, and industry to the welfare of all. America has long accepted these gifts as a matter of course. I believe that now she is groping for some way to give to the Negro greater economic security and his just rights as a citizen.

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