Editorial and Publishers’ Announcements [excerpt]
With what rapid strides has history
been making its record since our last issue. Our beloved President
has been stricken down by the foul hand of an assassin, and Vice-President
Roosevelt has assumed the highest office in the land.
To our finite minds a tragedy of this
character is appalling. Why did God in his omnipotence permit it?
Time alone can solve this vexed question. We have an abiding faith
that he who notes the sparrows fall would never have permitted a
tragedy of this kind, unless out of it he had planned in some way
to teach a lesson which should benefit mankind. Doubtless in time
we shall learn what that lesson is.
We hope that President Roosevelt will
give to the ever-present “race problem” that share of his thought
and attention which its importance warrants.
And what a hero “our black man,”
Parker, proved himself to be at Buffalo, in his effort to protect
President McKinley at the time of the fatal assault. Would to God
that he had been a moment sooner and prevented the fatal second
shot. As it was, he did the best in his power, and is deserving
of naught but the highest praise. We note with much regret the efforts
from various sources to belittle the heroic work of this man, and
what surprises us even more is the fact that these are some of our
race members in Buffalo, who are doing much to detract from the
praise and glory due Parker. This spirit is unworthy of any colored
American citizen, and it should be put down at once by popular condemnation.