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.
Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority.
The thought of’ the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.
The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.
The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.
This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.
I am a radical.