Athens Weekly Review April 19, 1917
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To the Review.
Please allow me space in your paper to say a few words concerning the negro and the present crisis.
The information is being given out that the agents of the German government are trying to mislead the colored man, especially of the South, into doing the foolish thing of siding with the German government as against our own. All sensible negroes of America know it would be to the utmost folly to pursue such a course. Booker T. Washington said, "We are here and here to stay." This is our own country; our fathers, by their sweat and toil helped to make every wilderness a garden spot, and each tiem this country has become involved in war with a foreign foe, the American negro has gallantly shed his blood in defense of the "Stars and Stripes." Why should we not be true to the American government in this present state of war? This is our country by birth; we know of no other land and we should, and I believe are, willing to defend its rights.
If this country must have war, then in obedience to the command of President Wilson, the negro will offer his service to the country's defense.
In conclusion, I wish to call your attention especially to the bravery and loyalty of our own Ninth and Tenth Calvarymen during the Spanish-American war. We feel sure that when the call is made for volunteers, there will be forthcoming a sufficient number to equal our share of the burden.
There will be a patriotic meeting tonight at the A. M. E. church, near the compress, when others will express themselves. Let me urge the white citizens to come out and be with us. Yours truly, G. T. Robinson.
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