[Ads-l] "Stay black and die"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 22 23:01:51 EDT 2016

According to street lore in The Lou, this is the sole obligation of a black
person to the larger society. On a humbug, I Googled it to see whether it
was peculiar to Saint Louis, because...


Collier's Illustrated Weekly - Volume 96 - Page 82
1935 - ā€ˇSnippet view
As one old Negro said: "Well, Lawd, dey's jest two things I know I gotta do
and dat's stay black and die."
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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