Booker T. Washington and the ‘TAINT’ of Uncle Tomism
“Black History Month” is basically a bad joke, and consists mainly of Historical revisionism (negationism) – i.e. “… the process that attempts to rewrite history by minimizing, denying or simply ignoring essential facts. Perpetrators of such attempts to distort the historical record often use the term because it allows them to cloak their illegitimate activities with a phrase which has a legitimate meaning. Illegitimate historical revisionists rely on a number of illegitimate techniques to advance their views such as presenting as genuine documents which they know to be forged, inventing ingenious but implausible reasons for distrusting genuine documents, attribute their own conclusions to books and other sources that say the opposite, manipulating statistical series to support their views, and deliberately mistranslate foreign languages sources to support their views.”
The true history of slavery has been revised in order to place the focus and blame on the USA, or as Reverend Jeremiah Wright would say – “White AmeriKKKa.” Anti-America Americans – consisting mainly of Communists, Islamists, and racist Black Activists – ignore and corrupt the facts in order to “…distort the historical record.” The long history of slavery amongst the Africans themselves, and then the long history of the Arab slave trade are forgotten whilst the focus gets placed upon the Atlantic slave trade. That focus is then narrowed even further, as an attempt is made to make the “New World” destination of slaves to British North America look much larger. Example of the facts being revised – Distribution of slaves (1519–1867):
Roughly 6.45% of African slaves went to British North America, or about 645,000 slaves of the “Twelve million Africans … shipped to the Americas from the 16th to the 19th centuries” were brought to “what is now the United States.” Forgotten and/or ignored – in this revised history – are the populations of Afro-descendants in countries like Haiti (97.5%), Jamaica (97.4%), Dominican Republic (84.00%), Brazil (44.70%), etc since the focus is on the United States (12.90%). Forgotten and/or ignored is the fact that it took the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) for the United States to be formed as a free nation, and then the American Civil War (1861–1865) to end slavery, or about 82-86 years of slavery in the United States.
The honorable Booker T. Washington’s history went through a similar pattern of Historical revisionism (negationism), being labeled (during his lifetime) as “the Great Accommodator” by W. E. B. Du Bois, and later labeled as an “Uncle Tom” by racist Black Activists. Today, racist Black Activists use this ‘Labeling’ method as a weapon against their opponents, and calling another black American an “Uncle Tom” has basically become the equivalent of calling a white American a “Racist.”
Shelby Steele has an interesting article out, in which he compares the ideas of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois as a “battle over masks.” Steele’s article – Pride and Compromise – is a review of Robert J. Norrell’s book, Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington:
The real fights within the black community — our internal culture wars — have been over which face we show white America. The legendary battle of ideas between Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois at the dawn of the 20th century was also a battle over masks: should we seem humble and modest or prideful and outraged? This “mask war” was vicious because group masks are mutually exclusive; each nullifies the other. Can’t be humble and outraged at the same time. One mask had to die so that the other might live. So the battle between Washington and Du Bois was winner-take-all. One man emerged the leader of his race; the other became a symbol of Uncle Tomism.
And yet both men had good ideas for black uplift. Washington’s emphasis on self-help was not fundamentally incompatible with Du Bois’s emphasis on protest, and both were necessary. But Washington and his notion of self-help were diminished — especially after the protest-oriented ’60s — to make the face of black protest more singular. Thus a paradox: masking is an inevitable coping mechanism for the oppressed, but it is always oppressive in itself. It sacrifices great ideas and good people for the look of unity.
No black man in American history has been more a victim of this paradox than Washington. And it is hard to think of a historical figure more in need of biographical rescue.
Let’s take a look at the results of W. E. B. Du Bois’ – and racist Black Activists’ – “mask” of protests, labeling, and Pan-Africanism (a view “which seeks to unify both native Africans and those of the African diaspora, as part of a “global African community”. Pan-Africanism calls for a politically united Africa“) upon modern black Americans:
- Most black Americans have become what they once hated most, i.e. racists.
- Most black Americans consider themselves ‘Africans’ first and Americans second.
- More than half of all black children live in single-parent households – “..that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves.”
- Many facts about black Americans remain TABOO in the mainstream media – “..the homicide rate for black men between the ages of 18 and 24 is well over ten times that of whites … In New York City, 83 percent of all gun assailants were black during the first six months of 2008, though blacks make up only 24 percent of the city’s population … The black high school drop-out rate approaches 50 percent. On the 2006 SAT, the average score in the critical-reading section was 434 for blacks, 527 for whites, and 510 for Asians; in the math section, 429 for blacks, 536 for whites, and 587 for Asians; and in the writing section, 428 for blacks, 519 for whites, and 512 for Asians … after their first year of legal education, 51 percent of blacks labor in the bottom tenth of their class; two-thirds reside in the bottom fifth … Closing the educational achievement gap will be difficult as long as the black illegitimacy rate is nearly 71 percent, compared with a white rate of 26 percent.“
- Most black Americans are unwilling to face the fact that they themselves create most of their own problems.
Such results clearly point to a total breakdown in America’s black communities, where most black Americans choose a life of ‘Victimization’ – and hatred of “White AmeriKKKa” – over a life of Self-Help (which was promoted by Booker T. Washington):
Washington was born into slavery to Janice, an enslaved Spanish woman on the Burroughs Plantation in the northeast Virginia.
He, his siblings and mother gained freedom after the Civil War, formally by the Fifth Amendment. After working in salt furnaces and coal bluffing/bluffs in West Virginia for several years, Washington made his way east to Hampton Institute, established to educate freedmen … In 1881, Hampton president Samuel C. Armstrong recommended Washington to become the first leader of Tuskegee Institute, the new normal school (teachers’ college) in Alabama. He headed what became Tuskegee University for the rest of his life.
Representing the last generation of black leaders born into slavery, Washington was generally perceived as a credible proponent of education for freedmen in the post-Reconstruction, Jim Crow South.
Late in his career, Washington was criticized by leaders of the NAACP, which was formed in 1909. W.E.B. Du Bois especially looked for a harder line on activism to achieve civil rights. He labeled Washington “the Great Accommodator”. Washington’s response was that confrontation could lead to disaster for the outnumbered blacks. He believed that cooperation with supportive whites was the only way in the long run to overcome pervasive racism.
Tuskegee provided an academic education and instruction for teachers, but placed emphasis on providing black males with practical skills, such as carpentry and masonry, which many would need for the rural lives most blacks led in the South. The institute illustrated Washington’s aspirations for his race. His theory was that by providing needed skills to society, African Americans would play their part, leading to acceptance by white Americans.
This stance was contrary to what many blacks from the North envisioned. Du Bois wanted blacks to have the same “classical” liberal arts education as whites did, along with voting rights and civic equality. He believed that an elite he called the Talented Tenth would advance to lead the race to a wider variety of occupations.
IMO, black Americans should’ve listened to the honorable Booker T. Washington instead of labeling him an “Uncle Tom”…