You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. ― Carter Godwin Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro. This was very hard book to read, but it was very provocative and engrossing, I def will recommend it. His clear explanations of the failure of our educational system made me want to go out and run for the Board of Education, and write a new history textbook. This conditioning, he claims, causes blacks to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. 1)The Mis-Education of the Negro is a powerful glimpse into the state of the Negro in the Early 20th Century as analyzed by noted African-American historian and scholar, Carter G. Woodson. 0000005042 00000 n His own definiton of what 'educated' really means in a system in which racism is institutionalized was so on point. Print.Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: ~ Carter G. WoodsonCarter G. Woodson proposed this notion in the context of outlining a plan for advancing racial education through the development of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Woodson believed that this form of miseducation, the willful withdrawal of facts and the distortion of history, led to a brain-washed acceptance of the inferior role assigned to black people by the oppressor. I was amazed by the things i read, that made me appreciate how far we've come, to the point of even having a black president in the United States of America. 0000007448 00000 n I was delighted to see that this book has the same messages and the same focus. 0000032725 00000 n I can appreciate this work on a different level and be content with departing from Woodson's thinking/assumptions on certain points. 0000017698 00000 n Much and sadly like Dr. King's 1967 book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, this book is also still very relevant, and sadly, very on point with our current reality. While I do not always agree with his conclusions, there is no doubt that his arguments are based a great deal of research and experience and deserve to be heard. He doesn't fail to address their shortcomings. Search this site. I will say that one must truly understand the following aspects before they can fully engage with the text and feel the impact of the analysis that lies within the text: 1) Mr. Woodson is analyzing the MIS-education of “the negro” and not UN-education. In summation, Woodson offers us one of the many early attempts at developing a black social theory which draws upon the most valuable assets our community while exhorting us to take serious measures in addressing its liabilities.His legacy of Negro History Week which later evolves into Black History Month is not born of a desire to give either ourselves or America a concession that equality has been achieved nor are we to be cavalier in our observance of this milestone. You cannot serve people by giving them orders as to what to do. While the social situation in which Woodson lived and worked has, clearly, changed a great deal, many of his observations remain relevant as more than matters of mere historical interest. I have no real qualms about the content but there were just so few "ah-ha moments" that I was a little underwhelmed. I have read a couple of excerpt from the book, but I have not read the whole thing yet. This should most definitely be required reading in every high school English class across America. In those fields, however, actual demonstrations to the contrary have convinced a sufficient number of both Negroes and whites that such an attitude toward these classes is false, but there are many Negroes who still follow those early teachings, especially the "highly educated" who in school have been given the "scientific" reasons for it. 2]"When a Negro has finished his education in our schools, then, he has been equipped to begin the life of an Americanized or Europeanized white man, but before he steps from the threshold of his alma mater he is told by his teachers that he must go back to his own people from home he has been a estranged by a vision of ideals which in his disillusionment he will realize that he cannot attain." Why wait for a spur to action when he finds his manhood insulted, his woman outraged, and his fellowmen lynched for amusement? [pg. Chicago: The Associated Publishers, 1933. Written in the 1930's, this book is so relevant today. The problem of holding the Negro down, therefore, is easily solved. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, he will seek it for himself. A must-read for anyone working in the education field.They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient AmericaHair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in AmericaBrainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black InferiorityWhen and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in AmericaThe Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the ClassroomShifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in AmericaDestruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C.
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