Status: Needs Review

{F.D.P. 23 June, 1854 p. 4 c. 1-3}

For Frederick Douglass' Paper



TORONTO, June 10th, 1854.

In my last, I intimated that I was not quite
done with the doings of the late Baltimore
Annual Conference of the M. E. Church;—
that I had something to say in regard to the
politics of these rev. gentlemen. I alluded
to the appointment, by the Conference, of
"a committee on colonization." This con-
ference cherished a most cordial detestation
of those principles of christianity which ac-
cord to all, irrespective of color, liberty,
equality, and fraternity. And knowing that
these principles are essentially embodied in,
or identical with abolitionism;—being unable,
from the dwarfish calibre of their souls, to
brook the sublime spectacle which these
principles if faithfully carried out, could not
fail to prevent;—and having come to the de-
termination to risk the salvation of their
souls rather than treat the colored popula-
tions the law of God imperatively de-
mands; they have resolved to adopt, as the
most [sooting impetus] for the clamore of a
guilty conscience, the African colonization
system. They have thus formed a most un-
holy alliance with Caesar, giving him "aid
and comfort" in his nefarious scheme of ex-
pulsion from their native home, of the most
inoffensive people on the American conti-
nent. Yes, they have entered formally and
heartily into the colonization system because,
in colonization phraseology, "it is the an-
tagonist of abolition," and because it prom-
ises to remove from their sight the objects of
their fastidious aversion, the standing, lying,
and blazing monuments of their infidelity to
christianity. Instead do they tell us that
they are moved to this work by the love
they bear to "poor, bleeding, benighted Af-
rica." We have, for years, been heartily
sick of this affected stereotyped cant. "He
that loveth not his brother whom he hath
seen, how can he love" those "whom he
hath not seen." The love they cherish for
their noble brethren, who are ever present
with them, is not that love which works no
ill to its neighbor; it is a love sui generis: it
attracts the objects of its affection with the
magnetism of an iceberg, and repels them
with the warmest expressions of pity and
compassion. In countering its blessings, its
paramount concern is, not the happiness of
its beneficiaries, but the gratification of its
liberal feelings, and unchristian prejudices.
It disregards and despieses the wishes of the
objects of its pseudo solicitude; nay, in de-
spite of their most earnest and indignant re-
monstrances, it would compel the to ac-
cept as a blessing that which they reject
with ineffable loathing. This circumstance
in one stamps the system as one of essential
injustice and cruelty, and its abettors as per-
secutors and oppressors. Sir, the Confer-
ence is wholly without excuse, and we hold it
eminently responsible for the threatened
evils which impend over the colored popu-
lation in the Southern States. This confer-
ence knows well that the repugnance of the
free people of color to colonizationism be in-
vincible;—that you can scarecly insult an in-
telligent colored man more readily and gross-
ly than to tell him that he should leave his
native home and its many congenial com-
forts, for a land of disease, and privation,

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F.D.P. 23 June, 1854 p. 4 c. 1-3