Prophet Booker

Posted: November 18, 2008 in Remember

“There is (a) 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. … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” –Booker T. Washington

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  1. Give it a rest says:

    … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” –Booker T. Washington

    There is also a class of black folks that are very well paid by people of other races in the USA to actively deny that there are any issues of racism that are negatively effecting black people in America. They make it their business to spread the word that any black person that is having problems is most likely a lazy unproductive fool and that fact that they have been beaten down by a racist society is in no way to blame for their poor existence.

    Feel good proporganda is a two way street and both side make very good use of it!

    I have enormous respect for Booker T. Washington but I also know that he was able to make this statement from the comfort of his secure life and lifestyle made so by generous white donators to his University who ALSO had an agenda of their own of which Booker T. was part of. Remember Booker was allowed to be DIGNIFIED at a time were dignity was actively being denied to blackmen and women in general.
    I guess he did not have the same level of urgency that many of those other troublemaking black folks did in 1900!

    “Hey lets not rock the boat you know, my white “friends” expect us blacks to be paitient and wait for the “proper” time to be accepted!

    At a time when that vast majority of blackman in the USA seriously lived in fear of being lynched Booker T. was America’s favorite posterchild Negro. In many ways Booker was willing to allows whites to define him into the image of a “proper Negro” should be in their eyes, it did help provide him with a lifestyle that would have made many “well to do” whites envious.

    A blackman can be….. as long as he does not offend the “better” whiteman. A negro can be a good farmer of even a doctor ( to blacks) but he cant play with the “money” or power. He MUST know his place.

    In otherwords, like it or not Booker T. had a very big incentive to be critical of other blacks that were not willing to play his “softball” game. There were also many prominate and successful blacks during the civil-rights movement that viewed Dr. King and his supppoters as a bunch of rabble roushers that were jepordizing their “successful” existence.

    It is very easy today to take his statement out of context and pass over the history of blacks in the USA and arrive at today and point the finger at the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton forgetting that to believe in this line of criticism you must also direct it at Marcus Garvey, Fredrick Douglas, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the many more black folks that were willing to “fight” rather than be quiet. Men that were NOT willing to allow whitemen to define the content their charcter.

    The ultimate turth is that Booker T. Washington was a product of a different time than I live in. There is a much to admire about him as there is to take a neutral POV on today.

    It is NOT OK when only a choosen few are alllowed to eat at the table while the rest suffer. It is worse for those choosen few to than turn around a say “there is no problem because “I” was allowed to eat at the table.”

  2. In no case would I permit my political relations to stand in the way of my speaking and acting in the manner that I believe would be for the permanent interest of my race and the whole South.

    Booker T. Washington

  3. jackjack says:

    the parallels between Obama and Booker Washington are numerous.

    a new reprint of Booker T. Washington’s classic autobiography has just been released in a new special collector’s edition to commemerate this election and the connection bewteen the two men:

    http://www.amazon.com/Slavery-Autobiography-President-Commemorative-Collectors/dp/1440455058

  4. Solacious says:

    I read this and the first name that comes to mind is Bill Cosby.

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