Another Kind of Negro Case
September 4, 1866
Using the case of a "negro" man from New York who was arrested and clubbed by a police officer while legally buying potatoes from the market, the question is raised why the Freedmen's Bueau is only present in the south. Suggesting that if this incident happened in the south, military occupation forces under Brownlow would begin "killing".
Another Kind of Negro Case. A policeman a few days since clubbed and arrested a negro in New York, according to the report, under peculiar circumstances. The negro was at the market buying some potatoes, when a row occurred in the street, which attracted his attention. While looking in the direction of the disturbance, the policeman accosted him thus: "What in h--I are you doing here? Move on." The African asserted his right to "buy potatoes"; whereupon the policeman clubbed him, and took him to prison, out of which he came not until he paid eighteen dollars. Do they not need a Freedmen's Bureau in New York? Had such a thing occurred in the South, General Howard would have telegraphed the "Mean White" Convention in Philadelphia, and Brownlow would have called for one of his three divisions of annihilators to march at once and commence the "killing."
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