3.5.16

RALPH WALDO EMERSON ON PHILANTHROPY TO BLACKS

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in 'Self-Reliance' about the phenomenon of Euroethnic Christians donating money to black ethnic "others" while ignoring their white neighbors.
"Go love thy infant; love thy wood-chopper: be good-natured and modest: have that grace; and never varnish your hard, uncharitable ambition with this incredible tenderness for black folk a thousand miles off. Thy love afar is spite at home… Are these my poor? I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong." [1]

NOTES

[1] Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Self-Reliance" (1841) Ralph Waldo Emerson - Texts. Accessed 5/3/2016. http://www.emersoncentral.com/selfreliance.htm.