The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter G Woodson
Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about the American education system. In particular, what and who African Americans are educated for and the difference between education and training. Then the question is, which of these African Americans are receiving. Woodson provides solutions to these challenges, but these require more study, discipline, and an Afrocentric worldview.
This book is more than a piece of literary history; it is the lens we should look through use to reevaluate our education. not only that but also our families and our commitment to building a more productive and helpful system for all people.
Still relevant today
The Mis-Education of the Negro is a great historical document and extremely important to those in education who are concerned with racial injustice. A powerful read and what is sad is that so many of his observations regarding white hegemony and the systematic subjugation of African Americans remain true today. Carter G Woodson is clear in his critique and makes so many excellent points on the injustices that have been carried out in the name of human rights, social justice, racial equality and education.
“The problem of holding the Negro down, therefore, is easily solved. When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary”
Although it can be a quick read, we would recommended that you digest it one chapter at a time.