Friday, May 16, 2014

THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO

        I've been meaning to do a blog post on Dr. Carter G. Woodson's book titled, "The Mis-Education of the Negro,". I picked it up about a year ago, and decided to dedicate a blog post on some of the information that is discussed in the book. This book was written in 1933, so the word 'negro' is used in the place of 'black'. In the book, Dr. Woodson talks about the different 'types' of black people, and how we can never truly overcome our struggles unless we try. The 'types' are as follows, the 'mis-educated negro', the 'educated negro', and the 'un-educated negro'. Dr. Woodson also discusses how the current education system in America is set up to output 'mis-educated negroes' (“The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples,”). If you can, please go out and get this book, because the knowledge it contains is nothing but the truth, even after 70 years later.

The Mis-Educated Negro
 
        According to Dr. Woodson, the Mis-Educated negro has been taught to essentially turn their back on their people. They are educated, but have been misinformed. They are taught to disassociate themselves with black people who they believe are 'un-educated' and of lower class. They are told to assimilate themselves into white culture in order to be considered accepted. We as black people are taught to hate ourselves, and where we come from.
“If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race. Such an effort would upset the program of the oppressor in Africa and America. Play up before the Negro, then, his crimes and shortcomings. Let him learn to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton. Lead the Negro to detest the man of African blood--to hate himself.” 
Dr. Woodson also explains how controlling the way someone thinks, leads them to believe they are inferior. 
“If you can control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”  
 
The Educated Negro
 
        The Educated negro is a black person who is educated about their roots, and acknowledges his people. They know the importance of self learning as well.
“Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educators: 'that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.”
The Educated negro is known for doing the opposite of what they were taught. They know where they came from, and where they are going.
“At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do.” 
 
The Un-Educated Negro
        The Un-Educated negro is a black person who does not know about where they came from and why things are the way they are. These are the black people that are often referred to as ghetto.
        “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. ” 
The Un-Educated negroes do not strive to better themselves, and continue to fall victim to a system that intentionally sets them up to fail.  
 
Here are some more quotes from the book, "The Mis-Education of the Negro"
 
“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”  
 
“The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.”  
 
“The present system under the control of the whites trains the Negro to be white and at the same time convinces him of the impropriety or the impossibility of his becoming white... the Negros will have no outlet but to go down a blind alley, if the sort of education which they are now receiving is to enable them to find the way out of their present difficulties.” 
 
 “It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.”  
 
“The mere imparting of information is not education. ”
 
 
Again, please go out and get this book!


2 comments:

  1. Mecca,
    Thanks for sharing this information! I've heard of the book, but, I haven't read it. I am inspired to read it now. I'll get a copy!
    Mona Lesa

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    1. I'm glad I could inspire you and shed some light on the issue of colorism. GOD Bless!

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