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The Mis-Education of the Negro
Written by Carter G. Woodson
Publisher The Associated Publishers, Inc.
Published 1933
en
Pages 59
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Excerpt: "Highly educated" Negroes denounce persons who advocate for the Negro a sort of education different in some respects from that now given the white man. They are anxious to have everything the white man has even if it is harmful. The author, however, does not have such an attitude. He considers the educational system as it has developed both in Europe and America an antiquated process which does not hit the mark even in the case of the needs of the white man himself. If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own... No systematic effort toward change has been possible, for, taught the same economics, history, philosophy, literature and religion which have established the present code of morals, the Negro's mind has been brought under the control of his oppressor. The problem of holding the Negro down, therefore, is easily solved. When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.
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