The Educated Negro Leaves The Masses Analysis

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In chapter VI, The Educated Negro Leaves the Masses, the question that will be addressed are: What is Woodson’s argument about the relationship between individual’s education and their connection to the “masses,” especially the black church? The author Charter G. Woodson sheds light on how many blacks who tend to seek and obtain higher education tend to separate themselves from other black individuals who lack the same educational background. Also in chapter VII, Dissension and Weakness, Woodson discussed that there is a divide within the churches as well. In the eyes of the educated ‘Negros’, they believe that the churches do not equate to the standard that is set by university preachers (p.52). The Negro church has helped with building up …show more content…
Due to the lack of action taken place, the church is said to be corrupt. The argument of the educated Negros is that they have not lost sight of God. They simply go to other churches with a more intellectual background (p.54). Some of these churches with intellectual backgrounds are Catholic or Episcopal. These churches do not deal with the masses and have no plans to help the advancement of races. Woodson goes on to argue that the individuals who are over these institutions are limited the educated blacks to certain opportunities. Woodson basically proves that the “Educated Negro” does not think for himself. He states their religions is only a loan from the whites. Whites are using a slave psychology. Blacks have been told to do things for so long, they do not know how to think for themselves. They are just being spoon fed. It is okay to be educated just do not forget the …show more content…
Some blacks do not want to hear about their race and whites do not want to hear what their ancestors have done. The questions that will be addressed in this paragraph will be “Why did Woodson place so much value on teaching black history? what had been taught about African culture and history in public schools? And lastly, what is his critique of black colleges? Woodson teaches that the “most inviting field for discovery and invention is the Negro himself (p.139). Woodson also places value on the education of blacks because there is a misconception in history. There are derogatory stereotypes and terms in literature such as ‘nigger’, ‘little black sambo’, and ‘blackie.’ The negro has also been portrayed as inferior to others. Woodson placed so much value on teaching black history because he saw that it lacked from history. We are citizens and apart of this world, why does our history lack. Often there is a misconception and stereotypes that portray misconceptions of Africans Americans. Woodson simply tries to get the true history out and enlighten others. Many parents and advocates try to keep the history away from children because they feel they are too young for that graphic exposure. In elementary school, the topic of race is often avoided. It is not within the curriculum. Teachers avoided questions. These schools are simply “ignoring the duty of teaching

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