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  •  Immediate vs. the Future (2+ / 0-)
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    FG, nomandates

    I believe this is a conflict between immediate need vs. future need.

    When a people are recently freed as in the case of Washington's generation, they need to sustain themselves. They need to stand on their own two feet and be self-reliant. Hence, Washington wanted education to be a means to make black men self-reliant.

    It is only when a people have economic sustainability that they can fund higher education without falling into debt or other hardship. Hence, it takes one generation to build the dream through hardwork and labor (Washington's generation) and another generation to live the dream by investing in education to reach self-actualization and one's fullest potential.

    We see this with many immigrant groups. I will give you the example of my parents. My parents worked hard in dismal and petty jobs so that I could go to college. They were new to this country and did not have sufficient resources to reach their potential so they made sure that I could.

    We must also consider the fact that not everyone is meant for college. Some people would be better carpenters, plumbers, mechanics than say teachers, lawyers, physicists.  Society would greatly benefit with a good mechanic over say a bad teacher. The bad teacher will destroy the lives of many students. The good mechanic will repair the automobiles of his/her clients to optimal satisfaction and efficiency. In other words, we are meant to do what we are good at.

    Anyway good diary. I liked it very much.

    •  Washington also made a strategic error. (0+ / 0-)

      His belief was that African-Americans would be permitted to work in the trades.  

      In the South, the folks with money were perfectly content to act as a colony of the North, provided that they could keep blacks subservient and poor whites desperately poor.  Even if there were no color bar, the South's needs for the trades was quite limited to begin with, and social separation served to sequester black tradesmen within their communities.  

      In the North, the color bar keeping blacks from the trades was brightly drawn and fiercely guarded.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 10:18:49 AM PDT

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