Inspirational Wednesdays

MARIA W. STEWART

From Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality, the Sure Foundation on Which We Must Build

Though black your skins as shades of night, your hearts are pure, your souls are white.

This is the land of freedom.  The press is at liberty.  Every man has a right to express his opinion.  Many think, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such.  He hath formed and fashioned you in his own glorious image, and hath bestowed upon you reason and strong powers of intellect.  He hath made you to have dominion over the beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea.  He hath crowned you with glory and honor; hath made you but a little lower than the angels, and according to the Constitution of the United States, he hath made all men free and equal.  Then why should one worm say to another, ‘Keep you down there, while I sit up yonder; for I am better than thou?’  It is not the color of the skin that makes the man, but it is the principles formed within the soul.

Many will suffer for pleading the cause of oppressed Africa, and I shall glory in being one of her martyrs; for I am firmly persuaded, that the God in whom I trust is able to protect me from the rage and malice of mine enemies, and from them that will rise up against me; and if there is no other way for me to escape, he is able to take me to himself, as he did the most noble, fearless and undaunted David Walker (Gates 203).

References

Gates, Louis, and Nellie McKay.  The Norton Anthology.  New YorkW. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Print.

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