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under a Hitler would mean that our only law would be the "law" of the slave master; our only "rights" the rights of the slave. Have Negro Americans reason to expect anything better as far as Hirohito is concerned? Of course not! Japan is no more a champion of the darker peoples than Hitler is a champion of the world! Look at the record of Japan in Korea, Manchukuo and China! Moreover, Japan is a partner of the worst enemy of the Negro people - Hitler, and of the bloody Italian fascist rapists of Ethiopia. Hitler's pretense of being the champion of the "Aryans" has been drowned out in the blood of millions of Europeans of a dozen nations. And the Mikado's lie of being the "protector of darker races" is exposed by the barbarous war he wages against the darker peoples of the Far East. Both ends of the Axis use the same method-to conceal the fact that both are the enemies off all decent human beings, white and colored. The only difference is like the difference between a snake's head and his tail. The Hitler end of the Axis is more poisonous and deadly. But if the serpent's head, Hitler, is crushed by the combined might of the great Red Army of the Soviet Union striking from the East and the armies of America and Great Britain striking from the West, then the tail end-Japan, can be taken care of relatively easily. How ridiculous to call this a "white man's war," and how dangerous! This is our war. Joe's war. Your war and mine. It is a people's war to preserve the integrity and independence of our nation; to preserve the opportunity and the chance we have to fight for a better life; a war for freedom of all mankind so that men can once again think and breathe freely the whole world over. JOE LOUIS-SYMBOL OF PATRIOTISM OF ALL AMERICA Joe in there, doing his part, like so many thousands of Negro youth with their white buddies. Who will deny that Joe's contributions to Army and Navy relief helped to accom- 6 [[end page]] [[start page]] plish the gains made in beginning to break down discrimination in the Navy and in the Army? Like Dorie Miller, Joe is the answer to our enemies within and without who claim that Negro Americans do not have an all-out stake in this war, and aren't out to win it. They fight in the spirit of Crispus Attucks at Boston Commons; in the spirit of thousands of Negro soldiers who fought at Gettysburg; in the spirit of the great Abraham Lincoln, who at the demand of the people took the needed steps to unite the people and to win the war-the freeing of the slaves by the Emancipation Proclamation. Yes, in the solid spirit of patriotism of Negro Americans. In the spirit of Frederick Douglass, who urged all-out support of the Negro people of that day to the war effort. Douglass urged all-out support by Negroes to the Civil War; urging colored men to join the Union army to fight for freedom and liberty. He declared the "logic of events" should convince all Negroes that their basic interests demanded their participation as fighters in the ranks of the Union Army. Of the slave-holders' rebellion against the Union, Douglass stated: "A war undertaken for the permanent enslavement of colored men and women, calls logically for colored men and women to help suppress it." If in the Civil War this was true, how much more true is it of this democratic war, when both Negro and white men and women are threatened with enslavement by fascism! No wonder then that Negro youth, as the Southern Negro Youth Congress at its recent Fifth Annual Conference, have pledged "full and unswerving loyalty and service" to the cause of the nation in its war effort. "WE MUST REMOVE THE WEIGHT THAT DOTH BESET US" In these words Paul Robeson, another great American and world famous people's artist, in the midst of his concert program in a Kansas City auditorium, spoke out against lynching, poll taxes and all forces of discrimination, as injurious to the war effort. Yes, we must remove the "weights" which hinder our war 7
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