So since 1933 Carter G. Woodson’s work has been sitting around and I’ve finally gotten around to digging in first hand. I really should have read this earlier but concepts, ideas, and teachers appear when you are ready. I hope the rest of my friends and acquaintances are also prepared. The wikipedia teaser is below.
The Mis-Education of the Negro is a book originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The thesis of Dr. Woodson’s book is that African Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claims, causes African Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to become autodidacts and to “do for themselves”, regardless of what they were taught:
Here is a quote from the book:
“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.”
The title of Lauryn Hill’s 1998 best-selling album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a reference to the book’s naming.