The Douglasites Out in Favor of Negro Equality.
August 7, 1858.
We have before us a copy of the DeKalb County Sentinel of the 26th ult., a Douglas organ of the most approved water, at whose mast head flies the names of French and Fondey, and in whose columns we find enthusiastic adoration for Douglas. After declaring that "the great mass of the Democracy are heart and hand with Judge Douglas," it goes off into a rage with Mr. Lincoln for being opposed to "negro equality," it says:
"Our education has been such, that we have ever been rather in favor of the equality of the blacks; that is, that they should enjoy all the privileges of the whites where they reside. We are aware that this is not a very popular doctrine. We have had many a confab with some who are now strong ‘Republicans,’ we taking the broad ground of equality, and they the opposite ground.
"We were brought up in a State where blacks were voters, and we do not know of any inconvenience resulting from it, through perhaps it would not work as well where the blacks are more numerous. We have no doubt of the right of the whites to guard against such an evil if it is one. Our opinion is that it would be best for all concerned to have the colored population in a State by themselves, but if within the jurisdiction of the United States, we say by all means they should have the right to have their Senators and Representatives in Congress, and to vote for President. With us, ‘worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow.’ We have seen many a ‘nigger’ that we thought much more of than some white men."
The above will give the people of Illinois an insight into the manner in which Judge Douglas is conducting his Senatorial campaign. In the Southern and middle portions of the State, where he knows it won't do to avow the doctrine boldly, his organs affect to be perfectly rabid against the negroes, making them the staple of all their electioneering thunder, and attempting, by falsehood, to fix the charge of "nigger equality" and "amalgamation" upon the Republicans. But in the North, a different game is pursued. There his tactics are reversed -- there his organs turn square about and denounce the Republicans for being opposed to the negro, an boldly avow themselves to be "in favor of the political and social equality of the blacks." They advocate, there, not only the right of the negroes to vote and "to have their (negro) Senators and Representatives in Congress," but that "they should enjoy all the social privileges of the whites where they reside." Was bolder and more disgusting amalgamation doctrine ever avowed?
We ask our readers to mark the expedient which Douglas is resorting to, to catch voters. With a change of principles for each degree of latitude, his friends vibrate from the advocacy of negro slavery in Southern Illinois to negro equality in the North; from the nationalization of slavery here to practical amalgamation in DeKalb county. But he will find, with all his trimming and base appliances to get returned to the post he has so long outraged, that the people are as opposed to negro equality and amalgamation as they are to Dred Scottism and the nationalization of slavery in all the States and Territories. They will stand, with Mr. Lincoln and the Republican party, on the white man's platform, which leaves slavery where it has rights by law, and is in favor of reserving the Territories to the free and untrammelled industry and enterprise of white men.