The object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments
which show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested today
toward colored people. It takes its name from the fact that the editors
believe that this is a critical time in the history of the advancement
of men. Catholicity and tolerance, reason and forbearance can today make
the world-old dream of human brotherhood approach realization; while
bigotry and prejudice, emphasized race consciousness and force can repeat
the awful history of the contact of nations and groups in the past. We
strive for this higher and broader vision of Peace and Good Will.
The policy of THE CRISIS will be simple and well defined:
It will first and foremost be a newspaper: it will record important happenings
and movements in the world which bear on the great problem of inter-racial
relations, and especially those which affect the Negro-American.
Secondly, it will be a review of opinion and literature, recording briefly
books, articles, and important expressions of opinion in the white and colored
press on the race problem.
Thirdly, it will publish a few short articles.
Finally, its editorial page will stand for the rights of men, irrespective
of color or race, for the highest ideals of American democracy, and for reasonable
but earnest and persistent attempts to gain these rights and realize these
ideals. The magazine will be the organ of no clique or party and will avoid
personal rancor of all sorts. In the absence of proof to the contrary it will
assume honesty of purpose on the part of all men, North and South, white and