Booker T. Dubois Views On Racial Equality

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Philosophies Towards Racial Equality
Audre Lorde once wrote in the book of poems; Our Dead Behind Us, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Every race, group of people, and individuals have differences that can dominate over their similarities. Rather than pointing out the differences, they should be accepted and encouraged, at least this is what many thought during the time of racism. Booker Taliaferro Washington was a very dominant figure in the African-American community. He was an educator, author, public speaker, and an advisor. In contrast, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a historian, civil rights activist, sociologist, author, writer, and editor. He worked with movements to strengthen bonds between those with African backgrounds, under the belief of unity. Both Washington and Du Bois were very active in the issues of racism against African-Americans during the 1900’s. Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois strongly wanted change in how the black race were treated by the white race, however they had very different points of view in which Washington thought that accommodation was key, whereas Du Bois thought resistance would work best.

Many times, the background of a person can intensely influence their point of view. In relation to the two important civil rights figures, their backgrounds have a great affect on their plans for the future of African-Americans. Booker T. Washington was born a slave on a farm in Washington in 1856. Being a slave, he was unfortunately able to see all of the devastating violence and inequality behind the scenes. Booker T. knew the kind of control the whites had over everyone else, along with knowing how far of measures they would go in relation to harm and suffering. Because of this, he supported and influenced a peaceful way of ending the issue. He wanted others to temporarily accept the inconvenience, and wait for change overtime. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” He had confidence that making friends and allies with the white community would eventually eliminate all racism and discrimination in a very peaceful and nonviolent way. This also
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