Black Subjectivity Debate

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| | | REGINALD JONES | 9/30/2010 |


America can never hide its dirty secret, but they will toil continuously to conceal this. Slavery is indeed the most atrocious act in American history. Just stating the facts is horrible, and this so dearly infuriates me to say this, but humans was brutally forced into armadas and compelled to capitulate what little rights of life they actually had. Families were interspersed, religion was lost, native glots were cut, and most importantly their identity was deleted. By the same token, how does one rebound from something like this enslavement? Unfortunately, there was no rebound; Therefore, Negros’ cultural instability was unspontanious. That is, they were breed intentionally to be
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I really feel like Washington is utilizing his ability of foresightment. He understands that Negros are incapable at that point and time of full privileges, and whites are reluctant to accept the Negros as equal as well. But Washington also understands that the social equality has to be worked at gradually in order to acquire equal opportunity. But the fact is, they needed to progress by any means.
W.E.B Du Bois had a completely different opinion on how Negros should pursue social advancement. W.E.B. Du Bois was born as free man, and intellectually he excelled through life. He is best known for a pioneering of the NAACP and being the first man of color to graduate from Harvard University with a PhD. So by nature Dubois was extremely bright. DuBois retorted Washington’s Atlantic Exposition speech because he felt Negros had been at the bottom for too long, and it was time to make a change, drastically, primarily through education. Du Bois says:
In answer to this, it has been claimed that Negro can survive only through submission. Mr. Washington distinctly asks black people give up, at least for the present , three things-First, political power, Second, insistence on civil rights, Third, higher education of Negro youth,-and