This excerpt is from Chapter 1 of the book. I’ve made no effort to clean up the formatting issues. There are 1,400 words in the excerpt. The book was published in 1947.
Although the race problem may seem to lie dormant at times, it continually exists, lives on and
on and som etim es rages w ith all the fury of a jungle beast. It gnaw s at the very vitals of our
existence, in time it w ill sap our strength and destroy the greatness of our American way of life
unless solved properly and permanently. The time has now come when we mustdevote all the
necessary efforts to set our household in order and to find a perm anent solution to this
heretofore unsolved problem .
From the time of slavery through the bloody years of the W ar Between the States and the days
when the S o u th drank from the bitter cup of Reconstruction down to the present tim e, the N egro
problem has been before the American people. It has been, and is today, our greatest domestic
problem. No other issue has been such a source ofconstant friction, has demanded so much
thought and attention, nor has lasted so long. V olum es have been w ritten, great speeches have
been made, sermons have been preached, but the Negro problem has been passed on from
generation to generation. The difficulties have increased with the passing years, the obstacles
have become so great that some students of the question have cried out in weariness and despair
that there is no solution.
W e refuse to accept a defeatist attitude. An answercan and must be found. In the past four or
five years overtwo hundred books have been written by Negroes and white Quis lings pleading
for Negro equality, while only five or six books have been w ritten in behalf of the preservation
of the w hite race and w hite suprem acy. Let those who now plead that this is not the tim e for
discussing the race question obtain any of these two hundred books or any current N egro