The Race Question and the Negro: A Study of the Catholic Doctrine on Interracial Justice

The Race Question and the Negro: A Study of the Catholic Doctrine on Interracial Justice

The Race Question and the Negro: A Study of the Catholic Doctrine on Interracial Justice

The Race Question and the Negro: A Study of the Catholic Doctrine on Interracial Justice

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The problem of race relations in the United States is usually regarded as hopeless in proportion as attention is narrowed upon the immediate participants in racial conflicts. Hope for its solution arises as relations between the races are seen in the light of wider, common interests; in the light of history, and in the light of spiritual truths.

The following chapters are an attempt to apply such a wider view to the social problem of racial differences. All that is here written is based upon an assumption, which the author believes is indisputably sound, that racial disputes, similar to disputes in any other area of human relationships, will yield to the solvent of Catholic social ethics as teaching the application of justice and charity.

The specific topic here discussed is that of Negro and white relations. The reason for such a selection is plain enough. This particular racial field concerns by far the largest number of persons in the United States, since the Negroes are one‐ tenth of our total population; it concerns most vitally the missionary activity of the Catholic Church at the present day; and while it is most acute in many of its phases, it also offers the greatest hope for constructive solution. Moreover, it is the interracial field of which the author himself has had most experience; and you naturally prefer to write about that which you have witnessed in person.

The reader is asked to bear in mind that the principles . . .

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