In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.
Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination.
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.
One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists.
In fact, the confidence of the people is worth more than money.
If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own.
This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.
The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.
The mere imparting of information is not education.
Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits.