Booker T and the Reparations Hustle

Former slave Booker T. Washington, in a 1901 autobiographical book Up From Slavery, made the following poignant statement:When we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally and religiously than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe. Despite being victimized by the harshest of life's conditions, Booker T. was a man without bitterness whose gratefulness and humility was exhibited in word and deed. Washington believed that moral fiber, hard work, and marketable skills earned respect for the black man from even the most ardent Southern racist.Based on his accomplishments and writings, one can assume that if Booker T. were alive to...(Read Full Article)

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