The Whipping Post Bill Was Defeated

February 19, 1898


The defeat of the Whipping Post Bill shows a mending relationship between blacks and white in Virginia.


The Whipping Post Bill was defeated in the Virginia House of Delegates Saturday, Fed. 18, 1898, and the Hon. T. B. Murphy its patron, if not in tears is certainly disgraced by his repeated actions in championing this barbarous measure.

There is a great lesson in this. It is a practical demonstration that the era of prejudice, so far as it relates to Virginia is passing away, and that no man can expect political preferment by the appeal to race prejudice.

It proves conclusively, too, that the colored people can trust a large portion of the members of the Democratic Party so far as this commonwealth is concerned, and that the bond of union between the races has become perceptibly strengthened. So true is this that the “Jim Crow Car” bill was defeated, and even now the advocates of a measure to disfranchise the large body of thrifty, industrious people of the state are meeting with, but little encouragement. This is a healthy, hopeful sign. It makes one proud of his mother state and causes him to exert himself to the end that he may become a more useful, valuable member of the body politic.

Yes, the veil is lifting, the clouds are wafting away. The colored people have found true and tried friends among thousands of white people in this state, and our conduct in the future will be such as to win thousands more over the advocacy of our cause.

It pays to do right. It is always costly in the end to do wrong. White men of Virginia, we are here to stay. You have demonstrated that we are to remain in peace. “Praise God form whom all blessings flow!”
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