Get Rid of Your Prejudice
June 3, 1863 — State Sabbath School Convention, Battle Creek MI
[She said that the Spirit of the Lord had told her to avail herself of the opportunity of speaking to so many children assembled together of the great sin of prejudice against color.]
Children, who made your skin white? Was it not God? Who made mine black? Was it not the same God? Amy I to blame, therefore, because my skin is black? Does it not cast a reproach on our Maker to despise a part of her children because he has been pleased to give them a black skin? Indeed, children, it does; and your teachers ought to tell you so, and root up, if possible, the great sin of prejudice against color from your minds. While Sabbath-school teachers know of this great sin, and not only do not teach their pupils that it is a sin, but too often indulge in it themselves, can they expect God to bless them or the children? Does not God love colored children as well as white children? and did not the same Savior die to save the one as well as the other? if so, white children must know that if they go to heaven, they must go there without their prejudice against color, for in heaven black and white are one in the love of Jesus. Now, children, remember what Sojourner Truth has told you, and thus get rid of your prejudice and learn to love colored children, that you may be all the children of your Father who is in Heaven.
Source: National Anti-Slavery Standard, 11 July 1863.