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Booker T Washington speech To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man who is their next-door neighbour I would say Cast down your bucket where you arecast it down in making friends in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded Cast it down in agriculture mechanics in commerce in domestic service and in the professions This powerful statement that Booker T Washington made was both enlightened and quite possible harmful to the black race At the time the speech was given Jim Crow laws in the south were in full affect and the black population as a whole in the South was striving to improve their socio-economic status Washington wanted to help his people and thought the best way to do so was in an industrial education No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem By teaching people how to become better members of society through hard work and prudence one could achieve empowerment However I believe that Washington failed to realize that without political power economic gains were short-lived and vulnerable To accommodate Jim Crow he was in fact doing more harm then good In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress One could argue that Booker T Washington was a realist and if he wanted to achieve a decent socio-economic status for his people he had to accommodate to the people who had money Without financial backing there would be no Tuskegee school and therefore no improvement of the future which could pave the way for true civil equality This is very difficult point to understand in order to get a
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