Although they lived in the same era they had different opinions on how to get these rights. They think differently about education, racial advancement, and relationships between blacks and whites. Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois’ ideas are reflected in their different writing styles, and different backgrounds, along with his intentions, becoming important when their differences had one of the greatest impacts on the future. Booker T. Washington’s early life and his education throughout life shaped
The scholar and leader for the black community wrote a discussion in 1903 with the title of, “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others.” Both Washington and Du Bois were leaders of the black community in the 19th and 20th century, even though they both wanted to see the same outcome for black Americans. They both ultimately had opposing thoughts on how to achieve social and economic advancement for the black community. Looking back on history, W.E.B Du Bois was correct in racial equality would only be achieved through politics and higher education of the African American youth. Throughout his essay, Du Bois challenged the policies written by Mr. Washington for the progression and adaptation to advance racial equality. In this article Du Bois discusses many issues he believes he sees in Booker T. Washington 's theories.
While DuBois respected Booker T. Washington and his accomplishments, he felt that blacks needed political power to protect what they had and what they earned. DuBois called for a new plan of action. He felt that the greatest enemy of blacks was not necessarily whites but it was the ignorance of the whites concerning the capabilities of the black race. DuBois 's answer was to encourage the development of black youth in
With a high education and high intellectual that comes from reading and writing. He wanted blacks to advance to a point they would have no choice but to acknowledge them. DuBois asserted that economic security to achieve was not enough and that black should chase an education. By chasing a successful education blacks would achieve equality, acknowledgement, and economic security. (Moore) Comment: “I feel like Washington was right in his views of how blacks should act after being freed from slavery.
While trying to help make life easier for African Americans in the south, Washington also tried to ease the fears of the whites on blacks wanting to integrate socially. Even though Du Bois understood the importance of the speech, he felt Washington was asking’s blacks to give up pushing and wanting equality in education for their youth and civil rights, which he felt were the exact things that they needed to be trying to
Du Bois were significant influential black leaders of their time, who changed the role of the black community in America. Booker T. Washington’s ideologies for economic advancement and self-help played a major role in his approach to fight for equal rights. By founding the Tuskegee Institute in Mound Bayou, he created a university that was segregated for black students and encouraged higher educational standards (Meier 396). These students were also encouraged to follow the social system of segregation in order to achieve political status in the United States. In an interview with reporter Ralph McGill, Du Bois recalls that in the process of obtaining funds for the Tuskegee Institute “Washington would promise [white philanthropists] happy contented labor for their new enterprises.
However, two influential and contrasting individuals, Booker T. Washington and WEB DuBois decided to address the matter of equality amongst black and white Americans. Booker T. Washington 's key strategy can be summarized in one word, practicality, here and now. His strategies were based upon the realities of the color line. White Americans still associated with the idea of slavery will fight to keep African Americans down, as second class citizens, because of one attribute that whites hold over blacks, power. He believed that in order to become equals, the black community needed to climb to the level of whites.
Both men agree that there needed to be a change. They wanted to racism in America to end and they both wanted education for the African American race. However, the lives that each leader went through and the obstacles along with opportunities shaped different views in the minds of both men. Washington being born into slavery still viewed the life of blacks through those eyes and Dubois being a freedman didn’t understand or agree with this view. He being free saw the world through a different lens not only because of his life as a free man but also through the education he received as well as an
WEB DuBois's Influence on Literature and People In his work The Souls of Black Folk, WEB DuBois had described the life and problems that blacks in America was not easy. DuBois had a very different plan in the struggle for black equality and the struggle for the abolishment of racism than other people that wanted a "separate black nation" and others that just wanted the blacks to stay submissive. DuBois only wanted blacks to work hard to become active parts of American society. Through his writings, speaking, and political activism, WEB DuBois devoted his life to advancing black movement to a higher level. DuBois always practiced what he preached.
Washington preferred a gradual, submissive, and economically based plan. On the other hand, Du Bois relied upon a more agitating and politically aggressive plan. They worked for the advancement of African-Americans in American society, but their methods of achieving this goal and their leadership style differed greatly from one another. It is hard to fathom that two men, who helped to strive for the great goal of racial fairness, could have been such opposites, but it is true. Booker T. Washington, a former slave and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, believed that African Americans needed to accept segregation and discrimination for the time being and concentrate on elevating themselves through hard work and material prosperity.