African Americans And Segregation And Inequality

1855 Words Apr 14th, 2015 8 Pages
There were African Americans thought they should go about living in society and dealing with segregation and inequality in the twentieth century. Two African American men both voiced their very different ideas about how the former slaves needed to react to gain equality and how they might go about abolishing the segregation laws in the early twentieth century. W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington were those two men with different views on how to deal with those issues. African Americans, at the time, either felt like segregation and inequality needed to be waited out and sooner or later it would go away or that it was unacceptable and that everyone should have the same rights as the whites, immediately. Both views had very good points and both aided in the abolishment of segregation. However, reacting to segregation and inequality seemed to have a larger impact in less time than no reaction and just trying to let it fade did. This is also related to the issue of which way would be best to help improve the lives of all African Americans, educationally and in other aspects.
Booker T. Washington believed that “thrift, industry and Christian morality would eventually earn blacks their constitutional rights” (Wiltz 36). Initially, he proposed that if African Americans accepted segregation, kept to themselves, made all jobs they did and their lifestyle better that eventually segregation would just fade away. He believed that creating vocational schools to help improve and…
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