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Booker T. Washington and the Struggle against White Supremacy Report
Booker T. Washington was a preeminent leader in the African American community. His titles that he wore ranged anywhere from a teacher to a survivalist. Whichever he was called he made a change. Born into slavery Booker Taliaferro Washington was what they called a mullato. He was mixed he didn’t know his white father and his mother was mullato a slave on a plantation. He worked an s a servant in his child hood; he was born in 1856 so he lived through the civil war. Booker T. worked in coal mines in West Virginia, and then he heard about a school for blacks later known as Hampton institute that was founded by Chapman Armstrong, who later became his mentor. He attended the school and progressed rapidly into a smart young man who had a business mind. Chapman recommended Booker T to build and lead a school in Tuskegee Alabama in 1881. Built off a Hampton model Washington got the job done with the help of his students starting from scratch the made their own bricks and planted their own food. It became one of the finest black schools of its day. Many people worked at the school or patron the school such as George Washington Carver and Patrons like WEB Du Bois. The school was known for their excellent food and the education the students acquired while learning skills. Many people recognized his talents and leadership skills he went on to become an advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt and the organizer of the National Negro Business League (NNBL). He was known for his intricate speech and his witty business approach to life. Though he strike the attention of many uppity whites, many blacks began to see him in a sellout, a kiss up, and other terms that made him seem un-black because the choices he made and actions. He seemed to the people as the white man’s stool pigeon. Many seen this as a bad thing but Washington still stood up for the black community and made sure he stayed good with the whites. Though he was a mullato there was still many racist who did not embrace the witty mullato.

Many racist views in the 19th century were addressed by other black leaders but many blacks felt like Washington did not care about their views it was almost as if he was agreeing with the views many racist had. Many racist say that Negroes were happy to be faithful servants. The way Washington responded to a view such as this would be “ Cast down your buckets where you are,” it is kind of a way of saying they were not content with being ‘faithful servants’ and it was his way of encouraging blacks to do better. They had seen the Negroes as less than human. They said that Negroes were an unskilled, ignorant and dependant race. They proved this view throughout history because they had the three-fifths compromise and other laws set out specifically for the Negroes. They did not want the African Americans to have the same rights or be equal to them in anyway. Washington response to this situation to the Negroes would be “I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” He would also have a response for the whites, which they favored him for, “In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet as one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.” The message he was sending to the Negroes was he would not act out or do things to show the whites that he hated them. He wanted them to know yes they do us wrong but he did not think they deserved the satisfaction of him hating them for it. The whites showed their hate for blacks in harsh ways. They still committed rape and lynched blacks. This brings me to a valid point Washington made he said, “We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.” This showed how the whites seemed to despise the blacks sleeping with a white person but when it came to business or labor they wanted us to be their brothers. Yet they...
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