“The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.”
“The mere imparting of information is not education.”
“The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.”
“In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.”
“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.”
“And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.”
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
“The thought of’ the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.”
“If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.”
“This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.”
“This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.”
“As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.”
“I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.”
All quotes were written by Carter G Woodson, “The Miseducation of the Negro” in 1933.
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