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... CHAPTER VIII CRIMINAL INSTINCTS Every social organism is
founded on laws defining right and wrong. But, apart from any legal
definition, a sense of right and wrong is grounded in the human
understanding. Crimes are offences prohibited by municipal law.
Crime is a menace to social order, an infringement upon individual
rights, an assault on private property. Criminals are the open and
avowed enemies of mankind, against whom society has a right to
protect itself in every possible way. The crime instinct has its
source in moral obtuseness and physical desire, and the criminal
class may be divided into the congenital, the habitual, and the
spasmodic, according to the proclivities evinced in each particular
person. The extent of the crime instinct in the negro is
indeterminate for the reason that accurate data are unattainable.
In so far as he has been held to an outward observance of moral
restraints, it is obvious that fear of bodily harm has been the
chief influence which has kept him in check. That his nature is
surcharged with latent ferocity is shown by abundant evidence of
atrociousness, committed on weak and defenceless objects. Indeed,
there is good ground for believing that, were the negro once
convincingly assured of personal security, all the malignity of his
slumbering savagery would immediately find expression in the most
revolting acts of physical lawlessness. His passions are easily
excited, and his feelings readily inflamed to the point of reckless
vindictiveness, though a natural unsteadiness of character renders
him fickle and unstable in purpose. For the commission of crime
requiring forethought, coolness, sagacity, and persistency, the
negro would be entirely wanting in the requisite courage. He can
and does commit offences of horrible atrociousness, ...
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