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W.E.B. DUBois’s Philosophy and Outlook on Afro Americans

W.E.B. DUBois’s Philosophy and Outlook on Afro American Struggle

1. Basic philosophy on ways in which African-Americans could achieve equality.

In a meeting, 1906 at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, W.E.B. Du Bois said "We will not be satisfied to take one jot or title less than our full manhood rights. We claim for ourselves every single right that belongs to a free-born American, political, civil and social; and until we get these rights we will never cease to protest and assail the ears of America." This quote represents one of the ways which he explained ways African- Americans could achieve equality. In a later speech Du Bois argued that Blacks should join together, apart from whiter, to start businesses and industries that would allow blacks to advance themselves economically. This is another way in which he told African Americans to achieve equality.

2. The major Problems facing African-Americans.

There were many problems facing African-Americans. One of them was Disfranchisement. This is taking the right of someone, especially, the right of a citizen to vote. Du Bois would have been highly against something like this. Lynching, the hanging of someone by the action of a mob, he felt was a big problem. Also, he never would agree with any sort of thing like this. Du Bois wanted equal opportunity for everyone ,like the whites had. He felt that Blacks should also be able to get an education, and do the same things that the whites did.

3. Opinion on Booker T. Washington's speech at the Atlanta Exposition.

Since Booker T. Washington gave a speech at the Atlanta Exposition Du Bois had begun to challenge the leadership of Booker T. Washington, an educator who was then the most influential and admired black in the U.S. Du Bois objected to Washington's strategy of accommodation and compromise with whites in both politics and education. Du Bois perceived the strategy as accepting the denial of black citizenship rights. He also criticized Washington's emphasis on the importance of industrial education for blacks. Which Du Bois felt came at the expense of higher education in acts and humanities. A group of black and white intellectuals who opposed the tactics of Booker T. Washington met in New York City in 1909 to discuss the formation of a new organization dedicated...

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