W.E.B. Du Bois


January 1, 1914

One of the interesting ways of settling the race problem comes to the fore in this period of unemployment among the poor. In Waterloo, Ky., the enterprising chief of police is arresting all unemployed Negroes and putting them in jail, thus securing their labor for the state at the cheapest possible figure. This bright idea did not originate in Kentucky. It is used all through the South and strong sermons and editorials are written against “lazy” Negroes.

Despite this there are people in this country who wonder at the increase of “crime” among colored people.


For attribution, please cite this work as:
Du Bois, W.E.B. 1914. “Logic.” The Crisis 9 (3): 132. https://www.dareyoufight.org/Volumes/09/03/logic.html.