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The Mis-Education of the Negro Paperback – November 27, 2010
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The thing that most influenced me in this book is that we as black people need to take an aggressive approach to changing and leading our community. We as black americans need to stop looking to white people for our solutions, because we already have the solutions to many of our problems. And last of all we should stop hating one another and start appreciating the great ideals in our community. What makes this book so great is that it shines the spotlight on what is wrong in the black community, but also on ways of how to fix the things that are wrong in the community concerning education, poverty, job creation, business creation and self sufficiency.
The most memorable qualities of this book are that it teaches the power of education. It illustrates how an improper education makes a people unfit to solve their own problems AND how a proper education leads to freedom. Read this. It could save your life.
Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), one of the first Black Americans to obtain an earned doctorate from Harvard, was the founder of Black history month and a stickler for accuracy in Black studies. The Miseducation of the Negro (1933) was a classic analysis of the situation of Blacks from slavery to the 1930s. What it says about Black American politics, religion, and education remains largely true today. As a teacher of Black History, I have often recoomended this text to my students.
The Willie Lynch letter on the other hand, is a recent fabrication and an insult to the intelligence of Black Americans. This junk has no business between the same covers of the work of a serious scholar such as Dr. Woodson. The WLL was a piece of made up mess that originally appeared as a chain letter with a ridiculous tale of a slave owner who supposedly came to the James River in Virginia from an unspecified West Indian island in 1712 to give his fellow slaveowners a short speech (problem 1-why would a man travel that far to make such a short speech?). He tells them in language that was more common to the 1900s than the 1700s that he has a "fool proof method" (Problem 2-No one used the words "fool proof" in the 1700s) to control slaves by separating the old from the young, the dark from the light, the male from the female, to control them for 1,000 years."
A number of serious black historians, such as Dr. William L. Frierson of Fisk University, Prof. Manu Ampim of Merritt College in Oakland, Ca, and Dr. William Jelani Cobb of Spelman College have exposed this letter as a fraud dating back to 1993.Read more ›
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This book has been very helpful in understanding some back ground on the mind set of some people.Published 1 day ago by Brady L. Bennett
It's a very enlightening book about how Negro education developed here in American.Published 1 day ago by Mavin Battle
This was a very enlightening book. I found a lot of information that makes me realize how sometimes the road is so cloudy. Read morePublished 4 days ago
Great read for anyone. Causes you to reflect on the education of everyone in the system.Published 6 days ago by Reis
I regret waiting so long to read this book, but better late than never! Although it was published in the early 1900s, everything in this book relates to today's world in regards... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer