A Dilemma Essay

615 Words Nov 14th, 2014 3 Pages
Jeff Fonou
Professor Shearin
English 101
24 October 2014
The Negro Education
W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washington were great leaders to the African American population during their time. Although they both agreed on the progression of black communities and the Negro education; they strongly disagreed on the type of education blacks should receive, strategies to achieve economic prosperity, and the blacks’ social standing in society.
Both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois advocated for the advancement of education in black communities but they had different theories. Washington preached a philosophy of self-help, racial solidarity and accommodation. Washington’s theory of education developed as a result of the path he took in
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As far as social standing, Washington urged the blacks to accept their position as lower class citizens and restrain from civil rights movements in efforts to decrease the black violence and be accepted into society by the whites. He advised blacks to trust the paternalism of the southern whites and accept the fact of white supremacy. He emphasized the mutual interdependence of blacks and whites in the South, but said they had to be socially separated. Dubois opposed these thoughts as he thought it brought no real gain to the race. DuBois said that Washington’s ideology asked blacks to abandon political power, importunity on civil rights, and higher education for young African Americans. He believed the aftermath of Washington’s policies had directly or indirectly resulted in three trends: taking away the right to vote of the Negro, the legal formation of a distinct status of civil inferiority for the Negro, and a steady withdrawal of aid from institutions that provided higher training for the Negro. He opposed Washington’s program because it was narrow in its scope and intentions, undervalued the study of the liberal arts, and neglected civil, political, and social injustices and economic exploitation of the black masses. In conclusion Booker T. Washington carried out his doings from an industrial stand point. Although he had a similar mindset with Dubois towards the advancement of the African American

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