The MIS-Education of the Negro
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Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. He recognized and acted upon the importance of a people having an awareness and knowledge of their contributions to humanity, and left behind an impressive legacy. A founder of Journal of Negro History(Now titled The Journal of African-American History), Dr. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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 author neglected to put any citations of anything in the book, so far as I have read. Nor did he stick on some specific topic and go about addressing that, as opposed to writing in terms of sweeping generalities. Not helpful.
I KNOW that this will be fodder for Black Studies Departments across the country and it is going to be yet another one of the things that makes the problems in black education WORSE.
If this book were acceptable as authenticated information about what really DID happen in black education up to the time of publishing, it would be a guide to explain what is happening to this very day.
As it is, I can't see it as much more the prototype to some of the foolishness that infects the discourse on black education today.
This book is still relevant today. Few books have so masterfully challenged the minds of both the mis-educated and the mis-educators as "Mis-Education of the Negro" has done, by calling on society to be humble, accept its errors and choose new directions in education. I strong recommend readers to make themselves familiar with the pages of this book. You will not regret it.
Also recommended: Race matters, Disciples of Fortune
This is a great book; especially it is to be read by those Negroes that are in public office making decisions that can change the fate of members of the so called minorities in America.
Currently there are Negroes appointed to positions where they have to make decisions in cases like for Civil Rights, Discrimination, Courts of Justice, etc. However, those Negroes are not making the correct decisions in their cases, they have to work on, because they are mis-educated.
There are Negroes that are actually punishing minorities, including their own members, by applying, blindly, rules and policies that have been created to keep minorities at the bottom of the ill social strata created in America. Not to say, but tue, those policies and laws were designed to exclude minorities from the American society because, in the background, minorities are not considered made of human beings but they are just "minorities," or beings of an inferior capacity.
Thus, those Negroes "in charge" cannot use their own barred intelligence to see their own wrongdoing in their use of the policy or law; they think, in their stage of mis-education, that as Negroes they would be doing something wrong in a system where they are placed precisely to make decisions and serve justice but in paradox they actually hurt minorities.
I think this book brings to retrospection the self-identity of every Negro.Read more ›
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This book is amazing and should be read and studied by black teenagers and adults if they haven't read itPublished 7 days ago by Noyd
The book is fifty old, however it's methodologies still remain viable for every African-American. The writer stated has factual, yet biased opinions about the black experience,... Read morePublished on May 19 2004
Carter G. Woodson's constructive critique of the how the education system in America plays a pivotal role in ensuring African-Americans' dependence on white America. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by torrid_wind™
The negative, incredulous readers/reviewers should read Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal by Bruce Wiseman as the companion to this book. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by M. Rasheed
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because I thought it was going to contain a whole lot of things that has been aleady said. Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by Octavia Holland
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