BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


Mr. Washington saw Jesse, Al and Cynthia's arrival one hundred years ago.

Wikipedia: Biography

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04 05 06

My Lord Nightfighter; it doesn't get better than that, does it? I wonder who he might have been referring to at the time? I know he and WEB DuBois had some disagreements in terms of methods, and I think that they are both right. On the one hand, we must move into entrepreneurship, but at the same time we have to be educated! I am very curious as to who the race pimps of the day were back then. It is awfully hard to even put that into context because the aftermaths of slavery really put a lot of us at a disadvantage. Hmmm....Excellent post and thanks for sharing the quote:)
Nightfighter said…
Your most welcome Mahndisa! Originally I had this big post planned to celebrate Booker T's birthday, but during my research I came across this quote - and it just blew my post away.

I believe you can tell where a once oppressed group is in their movement by who they celebrate as heroes. We celebrated WEB to the hilt and look where we are...

I high time to celebrate Booker a little...

Even though I value advanced degrees highly, I often wonder if Washington's program would have anchored us more firmly in the fabric of the Reconstruction and Jim Crow societies. For what can a PhD in do in turn of the century racist America? Maybe be a janitor...

But a excellent brick mason or carpenter is hard to ignore -"Hey, right now I need to get this plant built cheaply and well. I can hate this son of a *&^%$ later."
Dane Bramage said…
W.E.B. Dubois believed that there should be a "talented tenth". Ten percent of the black people who would get educated and basically tell the other 90 percent what to do. McKinney, Jackson, Sharpton et al. probably think they are in the talented tenth. That's why they act like they do. They have to keep race baiting otherwise the 90 percent will wake up one day and realized that our black leaders haven't really done all that much for all black people.

Booker T. unsurprisingly is a role model to most conservative blacks who believe in personaly responsibility and accountability. A message the Jacksons and Sharptons don't want black people to hear.
Nightfighter said…
Dane, they just want to get paid! And they have a built-in hustle…selling the grievances of the black identity groupies who are just afraid to get down to the hard business of competing in America.

BTW is one of my heroes for exactly the reasons you stated: Self responsibility and accountability, or stated another way…self reliance. We could do and have done a lot worse by accepting the good intentions of so-called friends.

Everyone has ability to pursue excellence and I have yet to meet a rich victim.
04 06 06

Hey guys:
Thanks for the response NF. Regarding PHD's, that has to do with the discipline of focus. If you get a PHD in the hard sciences, then you will forever be valued in the society and GET PAID. If you do one in Mideival literature, as cool as that may be, it is not a skill that is in high demand always.

The elitism of WEB always bothered me, however his pushing of education and the need to establish a Black Intelligentsia are good things to me.

We needed both of these men's ideas to advance. And certainly desegregation adversely affected our economic self sufficiency, but that is another story cuz I don't want to have to live in an enclave by law...Yet when we DID live in enclaves some of us did a lot better. What is that about? EXCELLENT Posts and comments NF and Dane!