1897- The Need of Friendly Visitation

Proctor argues that the uplift of impoverished African Americans requires personal interaction between the elites and the working class. His remarks express a disdain for his socioeconomic inferiors, addressing concerns that wealthier blacks might become contaminated through this contact: “Virtue is its possessor’s shield. The immaculate swan comes unspotted from the vilest sewer.” (45)