William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Massachusetts where he stayed to earn his Ph. D in History. Although growing up in the more tolerant North, Du Bois realized, at an early age, skin color will always be an issue. His dedication and love of learning empowered him with the feeling that through education it would one day be possible to breach the color line. His position as a Harvard graduate and his love for education meant that he was able to travel throughout the country to study exactly what the United States are even writing that he “touched the very shadow of slavery” (Monteiro 2010). He gained invaluable knowledge and with this he began to teach what he had learned. Immediately he began attacking the very concepts that had founded the United States. He found his biggest issues with the current paradigms in education and capitalism. For these he gave his sharpest critiques and even advocated voluntary segregation by African Americans.
Du Bois saw many problems with how capitalism and education in a post-slavery world inherited significant aspects of that mentality. Capitalism, according to Du Bois, has the power and ability to increase disenfranchisement among the races. He claimed capitalist are able to seek out the neediest employees, which happen to be African American for the most part, and exploit them through low wages, terrible work conditions, and the constant fear of being fired. Either segregated or not, schools with predominantly black students received the worst teachers, substantially lower amounts of funds, and simply were not equal to the white schools. In the South, the curriculum for black students were geared towards low wage, low skill jobs and to teach white su...
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