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Alexandria Gazette – Once Again, It’s The Negroes Fault

Alexandria Gazette, Volume 89, Number 269, 15 November 1888

The popular majority for the democrats at the recent election is very satisfactory to the tariff reformers of the country, by reason of the fact that Mr. Cleveland, at that election, was their especial favorite; but their gratification will be the greater when they know that if from the popular minority vote Mr. Harrison received, be deducted the solid negro vote, it will be found that Mr. Cleveland’s majority of the white vote of the country was about a million and a half. The republicans conferred upon tbe negroes tbe privilege of voting and also made them competitors of white labor. By their vote at the last election the negroes continued a tariff that by doubling the cost of living, enables the owners of a few rich protected mines aod factories to double their profits, at the expense of all the other people of the country.

The Solid White Vote Explained – Alexandria Gazette

Alexandria Gazette, Volume 89, Number 266, 12 November 1888

Chairman Barbour, of the State democratic committee, and every one of the Virginia democratic Congressmen elected last Tuesday, may thank the Negroes — who voted solidly against them — for their success; for it was nothing else than the dread of the effects of a black republican victory, and consequently of black supremacy, with all its necessarily incident disorder, confusion and danger, that kept thousands of white men within the democratic lines. A solid negro, naturally tends to make a solid white vote, and it is upon the latter that the welfare of every Southern State depends.

Negro Dupes – Alexandria Gazette, November 10, 1888

Alexandria Gazette, Volume 89, Number 266, 10 November 1888

Few intelligent men, familiar with the true condition of affairs in the South, blame the Negroes of this section for voting invariably as a unit for republicans, and, as a rule, for the worst ones they can find; nor for the disorders they create, nor the outrages they commit. The negroes, notwithstanding the quarter of a century of free schools, are utterly ignorant. They are, therefore, the easy dupes of low, selfish, and vicious white men, who lead them like so many sheep. The account of the negro outrage in Raleigh, referred to in yesterday’s Gazette says “the negroes were incited by white men.” It is so everywhere. The fault lies with the white republicans, who, however, during such dangers as follow, escape and allow their poor dupes to suffer.

Cleveland Loss Due to Recognition of Negroes – Alexandria Gazette

Alexandria Gazette, Volume 89, Number 264, 8 November 1888

Mr. [Grover] Cleveland, gave some of the best places at his disposal to negroes in order, as he said, that the colored citizens of the country should be recognized. The colored citizens in New York and Indiana, by voting solidly against Mr. Cleveland, gave both of those states to Mr. Harrison, and thereby elected him. Mr. Cleveland’s recognition of the negroes was bad for the Democratic party.

The Environment

Alexandria Gazette, Volume 89, Number 260, 3 November 1888
Saturday Evening, November 3

There are only two days between this and election day. If there be any white man in Virginia in whose mind a single doubt yet remains concerning the ballot he shall cast, let him reflect that to every Virginian who has any interest in the welfare of his State, the result of the election will be of the greatest importance. To every such man the tariff, the internal revenue, the Blair bill, and the refusal of Mr. Vilas to appoint ex-confederates to watchmen’s places, are insignificant when compared with the injury that would be inflicted upon every industrial interests in Virginia by the almost necessary effect of a republican victory. The republicans themselves avow their intention, in case of success, of reopening the Southern question, and that, of course, would at once revive all of the now almost settled sectional and race animosities in the South; and all men of common sense know that business could not prosper under such a condition of affairs. And besides, so ignorant are the vast majority of the negroes, that they would look upon a republican victory as a complete license for any impudence of which they might choose to be guilty; and it would be but a step from such impudence to actual outrage. The impudence would naturally be resented, and the outrage certainly be prevented, and the whole State be thrown into confusion and trouble, and a general depression in all kinds of industry be the inevitable result. The condition of the people of Virginia is bad enough as it is, in all conscience, but it would be infinitely worse if the South hating party should regain control of the government. Better bear the ills we have than fly to those worse ones, which we know of by bitter experience.


An intelligent and thrifty foreign born resident of the city told the writer of this article yesterday that he had always, heretofore, been a republican, but that he had lived to see the error of his way, and had learned that so far as the Southern States are concerned, it is for the interest of every one of them, and of that of all their people, black as well as white, that every white man in them should vote the democratic ticket. The issue in the South, he said, is white or black supremacy, and when reduced to that, every white man should vote the same way, for blood is thicker than water. He had found, he said, by long experience, that if the negroes be given an inch they will demand an ell, and that the best way to get along with them was to keep them in their place. He had, he said, recently seen groups of young negro men on the outskirts of the city, either gaze insultingly at young white women, or else so obstruct the sidewalk as to make them take the roadway in order to pass. Some native born residents of the city would do well to follow the example set them by their foreign born fellow citizen referred to.

It Can’t Be Clearer

In an article discussing the Club for Growth’s effort to derail GOP Presidential candidate, Donald Trump:

“Time is running out,” said Club for Growth spokesman Doug Sachtleben. “Trump could cost us a good shot at the White House, the Senate majority, and ultimately, the Supreme Court.”

I guess I’m naive, but I never thought the Supreme Court was something you actively sought to control.

Silly me.