Compare And Contrast Booker T Washington And W. T. Dubois

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Register to read the introduction… Washington had and suggests that his approach of subordination to white leaders would ultimately lead to the further oppression of the black community. Du Bois explains how the black John only realized that segregation and discrimination were wrong after he was educated in the North. He states that John “grew slowly to feel almost for the first time the Veil that lay between him and the white world; he first noticed now the oppression that had not seemed oppression before…” (10). This quote signifies an important aspect of how the white community in the South conditioned the black population to think that they in fact, were “supposed” to believe that they were inferior to the whites. When John arrives at his hometown, he is subordinate to the Judge, being respectful and following certain conditions imposed on black people. For example, John felt that he offended the Judge when he knocked on the front door of the Judge’s house rather than the back door, something that Du Bois suggests is disrespectful for a black person to do to a white person (15). He then asks the Judge if he could teach the black children at the church. The Judge states clearly the views of white leaders during this time when he explains to John that “in this country the Negro must remain subordinate, and can never expect to be the equal of white men…accept the situation and teach the darkies to be faithful servants and laborers as …show more content…
He promised the black community that with education and dedication, black students could become wealthy businessmen and help spread wealth throughout the black community (Meier 397). John also makes a similar promise to the black community in “Of the Coming of John.” He “spoke of the rise of charity and popular education, and particularly the spread of wealth and work. He sketched a vague outline [of] the Industrial School that might raise…the charitable and philanthropic work that might be organized [and]…money that might be saved for banks and business” (13). However, Du Bois points out that although this approach strove for a positive change in the black community, it would ultimately fail if it provided the white community with the labor force they wanted. When the Judge of John’s town became aware that John was teaching his black students about revolutions and equality, he closed down the school and told the children to “get back to work” in the fields (17). John’s plans for equal opportunity and education for the black community was stopped to prevent some sort of retaliation against the whites. Therefore, Washington’s approach of subordination to achieve change and success was not triumphant in John’s situation and instead, caused the black community further loss and

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