The Inauguration

I’m flying to D.C. to celebrate President Trump’s inauguration. I can’t promise I’ll keep up on my blogging in the next week or so. God bless America.


Some don’t want the patient to get well

My Larger Education, Being Chapters from My Experience (1911)

by Booker T. Washington

  • There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
    • Ch. V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob (pg. 118)
  • I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
    My experience is that people who call themselves “The Intellectuals” understand theories, but they do not understand things. I have long been convinced that, if these men could have gone into the South and taken up and become interested in some practical work which would have brought them in touch with people and things, the whole world would have looked very different to them. Bad as conditions might have seemed at first, when they saw that actual progress was being made, they would have taken a more hopeful view of the situation.

    • Ch. V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob