W. E. B. DuBois, "Close Ranks

The Crisis July 1918.

This is the crisis of the world. For all the long years to come men will point to the year 1918 as the gread Day of Decision, the day when the world decided whether it would submit to military despotism and an endless armed peace — if peace it could be called — or whether they would put down the menace of German militarism and inaugurate the United States of the World. We of the colored race have no ordinary interest in the outcome. That which the German power represents today spells death

We
of the colored race have no or­
dinary
interest in the outcome. That
which
the German power
represents
today spells death to the aspirations
of
Negroes and all darker races for
equality,
freedom and democracy.
Let
us not hesitate. Let us,
while
this war lasts, forget our special
grievances and close our ranks
shoulder to shoulder
with
our own
white
fellow
citizens and the al­
lied
nations
that
are
fighting
for
democracy.
We make no ordinary
sacrifice,
but we make it
gladly
and
willingly
with
our eyes
lifted
to the
hills.

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