Cooper declares the second group unfit for writing about Negro issues because they lack the ability to "put themselves in the darker man's place" (381). Their agenda prevent them from attaining a "substratum of sympathetic knowledge" (381). Cooper cites Mrs. Stowe (Anna Beecher Stowe, the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin") as conversely having "studied with...humility and love" the subject on which she had written, which gives her work strength (381).
These two groups are assumably the only ones writing on these issues at the time because, as Cooper notes, there is a shortage of black artistic creativity, apparently because their energies must be spent elsewhere: "And so the black man's vexations and chafing environment, even since his physical emancipation has given him speech, has goaded him into eloquence and fire of oratory rather than the genial warmth and cheery glow either poetry, or romance" (383). Cooper supports the black population giving their own, firsthand accounts of their culture and histories, without a literary liaison, thus eliminating the need to read the other group's observational writings.