Great read about the psychology of the education system on African-Americans. It also discusses the quality of education African-Americans receive.
Woodson, the son of slaves, was an education expert (2nd African-American to receive a PhD from Harvard – an indication of the rampant racism of our prestigious universities for the first 300 years of African-Americans in the New World) and he wrote this book in 1933 based upon his expertise in the education and history fields. He points out that whites, the oppressor of African-Americans from 1619-1933, based upon their white backgrounds, as teachers, continued to expound the theory that negroes were inferior to whites and had no cultural heritage or history to be proud of. Woodson then maintains that mis-educated negroes then continued to teach their students of the inferiority of the black race. He would not be surprised that rampant racism continued to flourish in America through the remainder of the 20th century, but in this book, he advocates that blacks begin to take over the education of their people and begin to instill in them their true history and that education concentrate on fields that would actually hire black workers. Even today, this book should be studied by people of good will to make sure that they don’t inadvertently continue to mis-educate their black students.
Books and books such as these need to be re-printed and available for public borrowing and usage. They are stored in museums as though African Americans do not need the information they include right now.
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