The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, August 02, 1941, City Edition, Page 5, Image 5

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Published Every Saturday at 2418 20 Grant St
PHONE WEbster 1517
Entered as Second Class Matter Maxrh 35, 1927, at
the Post Office at Omaha, Nebraska, under Act of
Congress of March 3, 1879.
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ions must be in our office not later than 1:00 p. m.
Monday for current issue. All Advertising Copy or
Paid Articles not later than Wednesday noon, pre
ceeding date of issue, to insure publication.
The Negro Newspaper has a duty
to perform for its public. It must pub
lish the news, good and bad, in the life
of the people it chiefly serves; it must
speak for the minority to the major
ity; it must insist upon respect for and
obedience to laW; not by the Negroes
alone, but also by the majority groups
toward Negroes; it must seek always
to educate majority elements in the
community about Negroes, their con
tribution and Worth to America.
They should do all these things
without apology or subservience. They
represent the largest minority group
in the United States and they have giv
en more and received less in proportion
to their numbers of any racial group
in it; and they are still giving of them
The Negro Newspaper has a func
tion above and beyond that of an adver
tising medium for the editor, gifted
and worthy though he be.
If we publish a good paper, full of
news and sound opinion,, our “light"
will not hid under a bushel”. We will
not need our picture on the front page
of every issue. And by and by the sore
ly tried and Weary will see the light
from the torch which we bear and find
a better path than they otherwise had
Fellow editors be of good cheer,
your service is far greater and infinite
ly better than many who stand in “The
White Light” of false glory.
The National Bar Association
will hold its annual meeting in St. Lou
is next month. Amorig the plans pro
posed for discussion is establishment
of a Journal of the Association which
will give to the public in general a rec
ord of the work, and accomplishments
of the Negro lawyers of the country.
Such a venture should prove
worthwhile, if it is carefully edited and
not used for the aggrandizement of a
few “insiders” and cliques.
Frequently, newspaper lawyers
are not the best court lawyers, or coun
sellors. Good luck, gentlemen of the
National Bar Association.
Thomas E. Dewey is doing a fine
job raising funds for United Service
Organizations. Wherever he goes a
mong the soldiers in the various camps,
he cheers them and heartens them for
the tryir^g tasks which lie ahead. And
after the ugly, ghastly business of war
is done and the young men return to
civilian life, they will remember Thom
as E. Dewey and help him, perhaps, to
the exalted post of President of the
United States.
The Post War problems will re
quire a dauntless spirit like Dewey to
Omaha, Nebraska^aturdav, August 2, 1941 __i aSe 5
meet and solve them. For here will be
a far greater task than any faced upon
the battlefield.
Next year, we hope New York
State will elect Dewey Governor and in
1944, we hope the people of the United
States will choose him for their Presi
dent. Our shoulder is already to the
Louis Carpentier, a High school
Senior at Boys Town High school has
received a certificate of “Honorable
Mention0 from the American Magaz
ine Youth Forum Art Division for 1941
More than seven thousand high schools
were represented in the Art contest.
Congratulations, Louis, Keep at
it, you may g*o far in the Art world.
For quite sometime we have been
saying things about the Herman Lewis
case. We have been saying them, be
cause the question of the civil liberty
involved in this case.
And no matter what subterfuges *re
advanced about the case by public of
ficials, the fundamental question re
One thing is apparent throughout
the case,—our public officials have a
misconception of Civil Liberty in this
land of ours. And in the Lewis case
they applied an alien philosophy; that
an a/ccused is guilty and must prove
himself innocent. The council seems
to believe a police officer may enter
the home of a citizen an make searches
and arrests without a warrant whenev
er he chooses. And they seem to f eel,
and one commissioner has been bold
enough to say that when a city em
ployee goes on the pay roll of the city
he thereby surrenders his CIVIL LIB
ERTY and must not protest the illegal
invasion of his home by police officers.
Of course, they do no such thing, and
if the courpil tried to make such a con
dition of employment, their action
would be null and void.
What they have said, in effect is,
that every city employee must “CO
OPERATE” with policemen; permit
them to run through their homes illeg
ally. Such is the doctrine which the
City Council laid down in the Herman
Lewis case. But one of these days, the
various minority groups in the comm
unity will be glad that Lewis did not
let the case rest on that ruling. And
we know the Council will one day re
gret its shameful part in it. This
wrong must be righted.
When Germany first asserted her
right to bring under her control all the
Germanic races of Europe, many pers
ons in America conceded that such a
course Was reasonable, at least, from
the standpoint of ethic loyalty.
But when the German govern
ment launched its attack against the
Jewish race, because they were Jews,
lovers of justic everywhere uttered
their condemnation. Like every un
checked evil, persecution did not stop
with the Jews; it embraced all peoples
classified, however erroneously as Non
Aryan. And by decrees of the German
Chiefs of State, all marriages between
Jews and Germans and betweens Ne
groes and Germans were declared to be
null and void and the children of such
unions were held to be unfit to be Ger
mans and must henceforth be main
tained in a slave status in the German
Reich. Shortly afterward, persecut
ions of the Catholics and Protestants
began. And following this course of
madness, Germany has set out to des
troy the non-Germanic Peoples of the
earth. How well she has succeeded is
But a few free peopled are left;
peoples who assert by their basic laws
and philosophies of government, that
RIGHT OF MAN, and that civilized
society to endure must rest upon foun
dations of just laws which recognize
and protect the sacredness of human
personality and the spirit of individual
liberty under the law.
All these blessings Germany and
the German rulers deny to mankind.
Yet, they have been joined by Italy and
Japan in the furtherance of their un
worthy aims. Moreover, here we have
so-called Aryans and Non-Aryans in
an Alliance to destroy all the govern
ments which claii i the right to indiv
idual liberty for the citizen.
The Axis Powers are wrong in
all these repects.
They ought to lose on this issue;
they will lose on it, if the lovers of free
dom everywhere will starid and fight
together to remove this blight from the
(by Ruth Taylor)
“It isn’t our war.” “Why fight
for an undemocratic democracy?
“Get a square deal first—then talk of
helping.” These phrases beat upon the
heart and brain constantly. These en
emy slogans are clever, for they sound
logical—*—except for one all important
The all out struggle to maintain
a democratic way of life is not a strug
gle in which we are asked to help any
one else get what he wants. If we face
the facts squarely, we’ll have to admit
that our generation may have to face
sacrifice, privation and suffering.
But it is not for ourselves alone
that we are fighting— the next gener
ation may well be the chief benefic
iary. It is for our children, playing a
way the golden hours of summer with
joyous hearts. It is in order to keep
the horrors of this brutal war from
them, so that they may never know
the hatreds and bitterness of life in a
slave country; that they may grow
strong and healthy minded in a free
land, where though there may be
handicaps they have the opportunity
to rise above them and help to build a
better democracy in which their child
ren and their children’s children may
climb still higher.
Because of this overwhelming
urge to keep our children safe to grow
straight and strong, mentally as well
as physically, we can put aside resent
ment, bitterness and personal pride.
We can lay aside our prejudices to
struggle for one common goal—a pres
ervation of democracy for the next
Whether we fight with men or
munitions, whether we serve in armed
forces or at home—we serve, whatever
the job may be.
It has been frankly admitted that
the Negro is not being treated fairly in
the matter of defertse jobs—but the
way to change that is not by allowing
enemy propaganda to drive a wedge
between groups of our people and iso
late them from the rest of the nation
by arousing bitterness and resentment.
Discrimination against minorities is
wrong and it has to be changed— but,
thank God, in a democracy it is recog
nized and can be changed!
The Nazis have gone on record as
to the slave status to which they would
reduce the Negro. The Fascist prov
ed what they would do in their rape of
Ethiopia. The Communists claim to
give equal status to Negro and white
—but how’ would the American Negro
es—with their keen appreciation and
abiding trust in religion, so beautiful
ly expressed in the spirituals that are
one of their greatest contributions to
American life—Tare under a regime
that denies the God in whose honor
those songs are sung?
Democracy remains the only way
out and up—with freedom to progress
and to worship according to the diet
ates of one’s own conscience and for
what it may bring to the next gener
ation it is worth all the fight may cost.
Dear Reader of The Omaha Guide
Anything you wish to see ir
Please drop me a line,
Or call at my office,
Or telephone, WE. 1517
My address is 1434 North 22r>ii
The facts are all I need to
Your own. Myrtle M. Goodlow.
• • •
(by Myrtle M- Goodlow >
Dedicated to Mrs. Mable Glenn
The cross of the lowly Nazai'e^e
Was carried up Calvary’s Hill
By Simon a Cyrenian—
Who was dark of skin
And today it is sad but true
The Black Man and the Jew
Are carrying crosses still
Both have been crucified
And in agony have cried
OH! God how long
Before we sing the triumph song*!
The White man laughed
When Haille Selassie left his
But God still rules and watches
o'er His own
And Haille Selassie is again on
his throne.
Today when the whole of Europe
faces disaster
It is far from being a laughing
For many a king has left his
And now they too must roam
Like a wandering Jew without a
The mightiest drama this world
has staged
Is being played by England,
Russia and Germany—Japan
And other nations will soon takt
a hand
Those who read God’s word can
His Eternal Truth in fulfilled
And know the cries of war shall
not be stilled
Till God’s word has been fulfiled
Only His Love can take
From cruel hearts the bitter ha'e
And make them loving and for
Making life for all worth living.
The persecution of the Black man
and the Jew
Has led this world into
The same cruel state
From which there is no escape
The Divine words the first shall
be last
Is rapidly coming to pass
Ethiopia has stretched forth her
And Jews are returning to the
Holy Lands
The Black man and the Jew so
greatly wronged
Shall soon sing the triumph song!
Washngton, July 29 (ANP» The
first meeting of President Roose
velt’s committee to enforce his re-1
c°nt executive order in defence
work was held Wednesday in the
office of OPM. followed by a press
conference presided over by Sid
ney Hillman.
At this meeting, the group meet
ing each other for the first time,
discussed their problems and at
tempted to decide upon st program.
Immediately afterwards, in the
‘ pent house” of the new Social Se
curity building, the press confer
ence got under way after Mr. Hill
man had presented the members
present. Philip Murray of the
CIO being thie only absentee.
The newsmen were then given a
brief talk by Mark Etheridge,
chairman of the Committee, who
announced that the intent of the
group was to meet every Monday
until it was deemed no longer nec
The employment of a full time
executive secretary for the com
mittee, through which channel all
reports and complaints were to be
handled, was the one thing accom
This did not please the entire
personnel of the committee as
some members wished to have a
separate setup, apart from the
OPM staff, which would conduct
investigations and make reports
In his address, Mr. Etheridge
declared that the committee faced
a three way job, first, to deal with
cases of discrimination in indust
ries. not only against Negroes, but
all mnority groups; second to
conduct an educational campaign
of some sort, and third to place
emphasis on training and such in
the trade unions and similar op
Questioned by members of the
press, Mr. Etheridge repeated that
this was th*e first meeting of the
group and no definite plan could
be decided upon as to what course
was to be pursued since the mat
ter had not been gone into thor
oughly enough to acquaint the
members with what was facing
Discussion over contracts involv
ed the question of what constitu
ted a contract, and according to
the chairman vflas a point for legal
minds to settle. The same thing
was said with reference to discrim
ination in governmental agencies,
someone had to help interpret the
executive order to determine its
limitations and decide just what
ts scope would be.
Enforcement of the terms of the
order also passed brefly through
the first session, and after spend
ing a half hour with the group,
the chairman called a halt to the
The members present incl ided
Chairman Mark Etheridge. David
Sarnoff of the Radio Corporation
of America, Aid. Earl Dickerson,
Milton Webster and William Green
president of the American Feder
ation of Labor- Mr. Hillman took
no part in the proceedings after
presenting the chairman
Fom his own office of labor Sup
ply were Dr. Robert C. Weaver,
Dr. Will W. Alexander and Ted
j Posten.
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Touch or White at Neck
Relief to Dark Shirt
Don't allow the easy donning ol
a soft collar attached shirt prevent
your wearing of that smart varia
tion — a neck band shirt with a
starched separate collar.
Dark Laughter .... by ol harrington I
“Oh—Er—Hullo Baby, Uh—I didn’t
expect you out here at the camp today.
The General jest asked me to kind’a
instruct some of these rookies how to
peel potatoes.”