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1 The Seat of the Trouble In chapter one Carter G Woodson says that educated Negros have contempt for their uneducated brethren because they are taught in Black schools as well as white to honor the Greek Hebrew and other white groups and at the same time to despise the African Once educated Woodson questions the role to be played be these Negros He says that their opportunity is limited To earn a living many come back to the Black community to teach what they have been taught Since they have already been taught to despise everything African their role becomes suspect It is the worst kind of lynching Woodson says to teach a student that that his Blackness is a curse He is handicapped and is given over to vagabondage and crime Society becomes justified in its exploitation and abuse of Black people Why not exploit enslave or exterminate a class that everybody is taught to regard as inferior In every type of school from science to theology Black people are being taught in terms of white peoples development and are not being taught the things that they need to know in order to develope their own communities In other words education is almost criminally eurocentric In schools of business Woodson says that Negroes are trained exclusively in the psychology and economics of Wall Street and are therefore made to despise the opportunities to run ice wagons push banana cart and sell peanuts among their own people Foreigners who have not studies economics but have studies Negroes take up this business and grow rich Because of the extent of his mis-education the educated negro finds no pleasure in serving his people and becomes bitter He begins to find fault in everyone that is working progressively to build the Black community Success in his mind is judged by how well we are able to imitate white people Here lies the real
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