February 20, 1909
Discrimination from Labor Unions against colored people leave them without jobs and "in forced idleness".
Sixth: The colored people suffer greatly by reason of the unjust discrimination in many of the Labor Unions, and as a result, thousands of negroes are in forced idleness, many negroes become less industrious than they otherwise would be. We, therefore, ask that as possible, the negro be given work to employ him, and by this process the worthless class can be easily determined. Seventh: We urge that our parents keep their boys and girls under more close restraint, seeing to it that they are at home at a proper hour at night, and keeping constant vigilance over the night and day.
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“Suffer Greatly ,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed October 19, 2018, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1870.