Was Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program?

Booker T. Washington was an ex-slave, the emancipation took place when he was just 6-7 years old.  He had skill and determination that allowed him to bring education to many of his race.  In his later years, he worked in gaining social acceptance for blacks.

Was Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program?  I think the answer to this question is no and I will explain why.  An elitist is a person who believes that a system or society should be ruled or dominated by an elite.  Washington did not want social dominance, but social acceptance.  In the time of Booker T. Washington, blacks were turned away from all sorts of places and opportunities simply because they were black.   He believed that if a man was productive he would be more likely to be accepted by society regardless of his race.

2 thoughts on “Was Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program?

  1. MrsMitch

    Hi- Your essay is nicely written but aside from grammar and the rules of writing form I can’t offer much because I don’t really understand what you are writing about. It’s all out of context since there is no background information.

    If you want to engage your readers then I encourage you to spend a bit of time educating your audience on the subject. Introduce the Washington with whom you are referring to in the very beginning. Give the reader background information. What prompted this question? Why is it important? What is your opinion? I believe it’s called the 4 W’s- who, what, when, and why.

    Remember, you are not writing a paper that you physically turn in to a sole teacher sitting behind a desk in a classroom. Here, on this blog, the world is your audience and you are it’s teacher. 🙂

    I look forward to reading more of your essays! Keep writing!

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