Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Better Part...Booker T. Washington

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Better Part...Booker T. Washington

Throughout history America has given slaves many choices. Choice of slavery or extinction, British oppression or American Independence, etc. Whether these choices be in their best interest or even in their interes at all, they made choices. Booker T. Washington speaks of these choices and all that these "colored" men have sacrificed for America with nothing at all in return.

"We have succeeded in every conflict except in the effort to conquer ourselves in the blotting out of racial prejudice."

This is rather interesting to me because even in today's society we have yet to eliminate this monster called racism. We no longer have just one time of racism anymore. We have black vs. white, catholic vs. jewish, rich vs. poor, and many many more. So in all of the wars we have conquered and the countries we have claimed, we have still not been able to fix the problems that occur on our home land. I feel as though it is time to focus on what is happening on our own soil instead of worrying about what is happening overseas. If we can dissolve racism at "home", we may be able to form a stronger more united country here.

"In your efforts to "rise on stepping-stones of your dead selves," we of the black race shall not leave you unaided".


Blogger A. Mattson said...

I hope you are right. What is the connection between Washington's discussion of race and the war with Spain? What is the objective of this speech? What is Washington expect from his audience.

2/14/2006 1:10 AM  

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