Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
It doesn't say precisely who wrote the part of the quote that is quoted below, which I dare to presume means he or she wrote the entirety of it, only that the editor of the Friend Review wrote it . . .
(133)Friends Review iii, 1850, p. 700, copied in the Friends Weekly Intelligencer, vii, p. 182, and The Non-Slaveholder, v, 1850, pp. 206ff.
"Miles Lassiter, a North Carolina slave, at the time of his master's death was only a child and he by will was left to the widow, for whom he came caretaker or manager. When she died he was about sixty-five and though he was offered for sale no one would bid for him as he was too feeble for work. His wife, an industrious free colored woman, whom he had married in early life there, bid for him at a low price and thus became his lawful owner. He died at his home in Randolph County, June 22, 1850, aged about 75. For the last six years of his life he was a member of Black Creek Monthly Meeting. An account of his life and last days and an appreciation of his character was published in Friends Review. (133) The editor of that paper reports on good authority that at the time of his death Lassiter was the only colored member of the Society of Friends within the limits of North Carolina and asks why the membership has been so few. "Is the religious of Friends unsuited to the coloured race? Or are thy kept at a distance by our neglect or repulsive conduct?""
If Friends are interested, links to all the parts of Henry Cadbury's Negro Membership in the Society of Friends. (1936)
Thankyou for this Isabel
Henry Cadbury asked,
"Is the religious of Friends unsuited to the coloured race? Or are thy kept at a distance by our neglect or repulsive conduct?"
I should think that where institutional racism and other forms of discrimination flourish, black people and others, will speak with their feet and go where they feel welcomed, included and respected. I have heard many many white, middle class Friends (both christian and not) come out with all sorts of ignorant and unquestioned assumptions about people "not like them".
Here are a few:
"Black people like to sing and make a noise"
"working class people don't have the education to cope with an hour of silence"
"Jewish people keep to themselves. Don't mix"
Time to get over yourselves and accept you are in the same world as the rest of us.