Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life eBook

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     “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, see, I have set thee over all
     the land of Egypt."[2]

     “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without
     thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land
     of Egypt."[3]

Now I appeal to heaven and to earth, and particularly to the American people themselves who cease not to declare that our condition is not hard, and that we are comparatively satisfied to rest in wretchedness and misery, under them and their children.  Not, indeed, to show me a colored President, a Governor, a Legislator, a Senator, a Mayor, or an Attorney at the Bar.—­But to show me a man of color, who holds the low office of a Constable, or one who sits in a Juror Box, even on a case of one of his wretched brethren, throughout this great Republic!!—­But let us pass Joseph the son of Israel a little further in review, as he existed with that heathen nation.

     “And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he
     gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest
     of On.  And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt."[4]

Compare the above, with the American institutions.  Do they not institute laws to prohibit us from marrying among the whites?  I would wish, candidly, however, before the Lord, to be understood, that I would not give a pinch of snuff to be married to any white person I ever saw in all the days of my life.  And I do say it, that the black man, or man of color, who will leave his own color (provided he can get one who is good for any thing) and marry a white woman, to be a double slave to her just because she is white, ought to be treated by her as he surely will be, viz; as a NIGER!!!  It is not indeed what I care about intermarriages with the whites, which induced me to pass this subject in review; for the Lord knows, that there is a day coming when they will be glad enough to get into the company of the blacks, notwithstanding, we are, in this generation, levelled by them almost on a level with the brute creation; and some of us they treat even worse than they do the brutes that perish.  I only made this extract to show how much lower we are held, and how much more cruel we are treated by the Americans, than were the children of Jacob, by the Egyptians.  We will notice the sufferings of Israel some further, under heathen Pharaoh, compared with ours under the enlightened christians of America.

     “And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, thy father and thy
     brethren are come unto thee:” 

“The land of Egypt is before thee:  in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell; and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle."[5]

I ask those people who treat us so well, Oh!  I ask them, where is the most barren spot of land

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