Los Angeles: Wetzel Publishing Company, 1928. 88pp. Original dark green cloth stamped in gilt on front cover. Minor edge wear, rubbing, and soiling to boards. Light even toning to text. Very good. Item #3671
A scarce meditation on the relationship between religion and race by Rev. A.P. Shaw, a noted African-American bishop in Los Angeles. Bishop Shaw was born in Mississippi in 1879 and graduated from Rust College in 1902. He entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church and eventually served fourteen years as pastor of Wesley Chapel (now Wesley United Methodist Church) in Los Angeles before being elected a bishop in 1936 and serving segregated conferences in New Orleans and Baltimore. He retired in 1952 although he was called out of retirement the following year to serve as bishop of part of the New Orleans area from 1953 to 1956, following the death of Bishop Brooks. Shaw's present work is divided into six chapters focused on religion and race relations, including "The Christian Attitude in Race Relations," "The Present Race Relation Situation," "Progress in Race Relations," and "Methods in the Solution to the Problem." In a couple of passages from his Introduction, Shaw provides a flavor of his point of view in the present work: "I am persuaded that the burden of the problem of Race Relations between the white and black people of America lies in the unwillingness on the part of many white people to think of the Negro as a human being and extend to him the respect, courtesy, and good will ordinarily accorded to fellow human beings.... The whole American system of race adjustment is not Christian at all, and was not intended so to be. It is a practical adjustment of a situation arranged without the thought of the spirit of Christianity in mind. No legislator studied the Bible to find a precedent for jim-crow car laws, separate schools, segregated districts for the homes of the white and black people, and curbing the Negro by lynching - not so much for rape, but for any provoking crime against white people."