Negrophobia: pswaydo [and not so] -interdating(s)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jan 7 02:34:12 UTC 2013

At 1/6/2013 09:08 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

>On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> > If it's the same person, Dr. J. [Joshua] R. Hayes is the later author
> > of "And Why We Do Not Live Longer" (1897), which in its publisher's
> > announcement is described as "By J. R. Hayes, M.D., Medical Examiner
> > Bureau of Pensions, Department of the Interior, Washington,
> > D.C."  (Perhaps because we were born into slavery.)
> >
> > One can find a favorable review of his "Negrophobia" from the
> > Washington Express, Aug. 16, 1869, at
> >
> >
> > A 1987 book says "a Dr. J. R. Hayes excoriated the proposed Fifteenth
> > Amendment in 1869 with a rehash of all the biological 'evidence' for
> > Negro incapacity."
>The story of the movie, The Whistler, which is based on the old radio
>program of the same name -
>"I am The Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I
>know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have
>stepped into the shadows. Yes. I know the nameless terrors of which
>they dare not speak"
>- is that a guy who has let his wife die at sea decides to die himself
>and, through a connection, hires a hit-man to kill him. After the hit
>has been set up, the connection is killed by the local po-po, who have
>been on the lookout for him as the man wanted for killing a cop in
>Saint Louis. Then the guy learns that his wife is not dead, after all.
>So, naturally, he wants to call off the hit. But, the guy has no idea
>who the hitter is and the connection is dead. Frivolity ensues.
>How this can possibly have had anything to do with the Negro Problem
>as it existed in 1944 is the real mystery.

Sorry, Wilson, I can't help -- I skipped this movie when it turned up
on TCM today.


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