Black Abolitionist Archive
Speaker or author: editor
Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)
The writer urges his readers to respect themselves first in order to respect others. He notices that well-meaning friends of African Americans often encourage them to return to Africa. By assuming that the African American can do no more for him/herself in this country than become a burden on society, these friends do more harm than good, even though their positive intentions are not in doubt. Without encouragement from society, the African American is left to doubt his/her own worth.
Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page