From Fri Jun 16 07:39:57 2000
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 03:58:21 -0400
From: Najee E Muhammad <muhaddad@OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU>
Subject: [BRC-ANN] Quote of the Day: W.E.B. DuBois
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Whither Now and Why

By W.E.B. Du Bois, 1960

What I have been fighting for and am still fighting for is the possibility of black folk and their cultural patterns existing in America without discrimination; and on terms of equality... This brings up a number of difficult problems which we will have to solve and make definite preparation for such solution.

Take for instance the current problem of the education of our children. By the law of the land today they should be admitted to the public schools. If and when they are admitted to these schools certain things will inevitably follow. Negro teachers will become rarer and in many cases will disappear. Negro children will be instructed in the public schools and taught under unpleasant if not discouraging circumstances. Even more largely than today they will fall out of school, cease to enter high school, and fewer and fewer will go to college. Theoretically Negro Universities will disappear. Negro history will be taught less or not at all and as in so many cases in the past Negroes will remember their white or Indian ancestors and quite forget their Negro forebearers.

W.E.B. DuBois
Whither Now and Why