Miseducation Of The Negro Summary

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Devante Richardson African American History to 1865 J.D. Jackson October 9, 2013 The Miseducation of the Negro Book Review Over the course of time, notable literary works such as Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s 1933 masterpiece has dominated the overall thought process of society’s upper echelon of African-Americans. Black politicians, as well as other African-American authority figures in today’s America have either a bad taste in their mouth about this literary piece, or use it as a motivational tool to insure success for their family and its future generations. For the people that feel as if this book discredits the fact that Africans were held in captivity for an insurmountable of years, it may be a hard pill to swallow because this…show more content…
Woodson, I carefully sought out and identified the three main points that I believe Woodson wanted his readers to take from one of his greatest works. The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself. This quote from Woodson, in my opinion, is one of his main points because it makes the reader realize that education is just the tip of the iceberg in the fight for overall equality between Blacks and Whites that is still a topic of debate today. Woodson also stressed that society did not make a valid effort in trying to domesticate the African-American after the oppression of slavery ended. Instead of having shackles around their wrists and ankles, African-Americans now had to deal with an industrialized world which purposely got a head start and left them behind. However, it was also stated by Woodson that African-Americans should forgive but never forget how they were placed in such an economical, physical, emotional, and social deficit, but use it as a tool of hope and determination for the…show more content…
When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.] This small excerpt from Woodson’s book clearly clarifies the world’s objective on preventing the progression of the African-American. The quote inquires that a subliminal approach is taken in order to control the mind of African-Americans in every aspect of their lives, which is a brilliant point because African-Americans, from adolescent to adult, do not even bother to question why we as a people are in such a mediocritized state. I feel as if African-Americans get put in their “proper place” in society because of their ignorance to the fact that equality will be a never-ending issue. Black people need to develop a new-found sense of urgency, before we lose this battle by default. As time has passed over the years, racial oppression and discrimination have decreased from a national perspective, but is still brought up amongst the ranks of Black and White scholars. One of the most important points I believe Woodson made in his book is the following, “The same educational process which inspires and stimulates the oppressor
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