Du Bois's Unfair Attack
" Mr. Washington distinctly asks that black people give up, at least for the present, three things"Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others
I do not agree with what Du Bois is saying here. I am not an expert on Booker T. Washington, but this is not the impression I got after reading about him. He believed that the black man needed to start at the bottom in order to get to the top. He also recognized that it would be impossible to reach such a top if they stayed in the mindset of revolt and revenge. Washington was a leader of both races. I am not surprised then that he would receive oppostion from people of his own race, including Du Bois. I feel that criticism is healthy, but I do not feel that Du Bois represents Washinton's views (the very thing he is criticizing) fairly and properly and some of Du Bois's opinions were not that far from Washington. Not everyone during this time will be able to accept Washinton as they are bitter at any idea of compromise, but I do not get any feeling that Booker T. Washington wanted the black community to give into anyone. He started a movement towards unity, which he thought would end up giving the black man everything Du Bois mentioned in his attack on Washington. Washington was giving both the black man and the white man the tools to get the black man where Du Bois thought such a man needed to be.