History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.— Carter G. Woodson
The most remarkable Carter G. Woodson quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.
We have a wonderful history behind us.
... If you are unable to demonstrate to the world that you have this record, the world will say to you, 'You are not worthy to enjoy the blessings of democracy or anything else'.
As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.
In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.
In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.
One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists.
The thought of' the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.
The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.
At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do.
The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.
Truth must be dug up from the past and presented to the circle of scholastics in scientific form and then through stories and dramatizations that will permeate our educational system.
What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen.
In fact, I should welcome such a lawsuit. It would do the cause much good. Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.
And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.
Our aim is to appeal to reason. … Prayer is not one of our remedies; it depends on what one is praying for. We consider prayer nothing more than a fervent wish; consequently the merit and worth of a prayer depend upon what the fervent wish is.
The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.
If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so;
but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own.
Truth comes to us from the past, then, like gold washed down from the mountains.
I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.
We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.
The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.
Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority.
Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination.
This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.
If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere, and the present discrimination continues, there will be nothing left for them to do.
Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits.
If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.
I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.
When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.
I am a radical.
Why not exploit, enslave, or exterminate a class that everybody is taught to regard as inferior?
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in the sphere of production to supply their proportion of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down to the graves of paupers.
We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history.
What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world, void of national bias, race, hate, and religious prejudice. There should be no indulgence in undue eulogy of the Negro. The case of the Negro is well taken care of when it is shown how he has far influenced the development of civilization.
The bondage of the Negro brought captive from Africa is one of the greatest dramas in history, and the writer who merely sees in that ordeal something to approve or condemn fails to understand the evolution of the human race.
For me, education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.
In fact, the confidence of the people is worth more than money.
The present system under the control of the whites trains the Negro to be white and at the same time convinces him of the impropriety or the impossibility of his becoming white... the Negros will have no outlet but to go down a blind alley, if the sort of education which they are now receiving is to enable them to find the way out of their present difficulties.
In schools of theology Negroes are taught the interpretation of the Bible worked out by those who have justified segregation and winked at the economic debasement of the Negro at times almost to the point of starvation.
The real servant of the people must live among them, think with them, feel for them, and die for them.
The strongest bank in the United States will last only so long as the people will have sufficient confidence in it to keep their money there.
They still have some money, and they have needs to supply.
They must begin immediately to pool their earnings and organize industries to participate in supplying social and economic demands.
The oppressor has always indoctrinated the weak with his interpretation of the crimes of the strong.
It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.
No man knows what he can do until he tries.
The same educational process which inspires and stimulates the oppressor with the thought that he is everything and has accomplished everything worth while, depresses and crushes at the same time the spark of genius in the Negro by making him feel that his race does not amount to much and never will measure up to the standards of other peoples.
You must give your own story to the world.
Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educators: 'that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.