Outside Looking In
. . . like Nero, fiddling while Rome burns.
OSWALD GARRISON VILLARD, 1914
Anxious not to use word "protest"; nothing to be gained by giving that impression.
If the negro is segregated, it will probably mean that the sewerage in his part of the city will be inferior; that the streets and sidewalks will be neglected, that the street lighting will be poor, that his section of the city will not be kept in order by the police and other authorities, and that the "undesirables" of other races will be placed near him, thereby making it difficult for him to rear his family in decency.*
EVEN though the President of the United States no longer asked his advice, Booker T. Washington in his last years gave the outward impression of still being in charge of the Afro-American destiny, the black prince surrounded by his court, with much residual power and influence, still capable of wizardry, and still as busy as ever trying to be the all-purpose black leader. He kept up a grueling pace of____________________