Writing one week before the grand opening of the Columbian Exposition, the editors of the Cleveland Gazette--consistent supporters of Wells's perspective on the Exposition--strongly endorsed Wells's proposed pamphlet. They commented on recent propaganda efforts on the part of white Southerners, stressing the need to place the true story of lynching and other southern outrages before the court of world public opinion.
Another colored man accused of murder has been burned at the stake in the south. This time the horrible barbarity was perpetrated near Fort Gaines, Ga. Is justice played out in the south? Are not the courts to be trusted to inflict summary punishment on Negro offenders?--N. Y. Mail and Express.
When did justice--for an Afro-American--ever reign supreme in the southland? There is no question as to the courts of that section inflicting punishment on "Negro offenders." They always, when given a chance, do that and with a vengeance, too. The fact is, the inhuman, barbarous and heathenish spirit has grown to such proportions in the south that it is almost an impossibility to secure justice for an Afro-American offender, matters not how small the offense. And in the face of this, recent barbarities that would cause a cannibal to blush, and numerous other atrocities too horrible to even chronicle, southern governors and their delegates recently assembled in convention at Richmond, Va., had the brazen effrontery to adopt and publish Gov. Fishback's address, which said that just an opposite condition of affairs existed throughout the south. Furthermore, an address of a like nature will be put in pamphlet form and thousands of copies freely distributed in Chicago to all who visit the world's fair. Our people will please note how promptly steps have been taken to not only mislead the credulous northern visitors at the world's fair, but the foreign as well. It is not necessary to remind our readers that the southern governors' address will not put our southern brethren in a proper light, nor help the race or rather raise us in the estimation of any who read it. The fact is it will hurt, and badly, too. If ever there has been given an incentive to do, it is to be found in this action of the southern governors, and the fund, $5,000 (about $1,000 of which has already been subscribed) to publish such an address in pamphlet form, as has been suggested by Miss Ida B. Wells and Mr. F. J. Loudin, and which has been repeatedly referred to in these columns, ought to be forthcoming immediately. Let all the world know of the infernal actions of southern barbarians and their utter disregard of all law, municipal, state or federal! It will do our cause good. Send your contributions at once to Hon. Frederick Douglass, Anacostia, D.C.