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Du Bois speech is marked by an emphatic quest for a cause he believes in and one which he believes he and the whole of America will live to. His speech emphasizes the need for real education for children and especially the African American child. Drawing deeply from renown quotes, he asserts that “Education is the development of power and ideal, we want our children trained as intelligent beings should be, and we will fight for all time against any proposal to educate black children simply as servants and underlings or simply for the use of other people”. The speech lives to its billing, extrapolating all dimensions of education in the society and encompassing the aspects that had for long been taken for granted; equitable education for all in the American society.
His captivating sentiments invoke not only my attention but also my support. Education should be equally accessible to all persons in the society and so should all forms of treatment. . This includes even the black children who have not only been denied education, but even have been targets of mob actions. His assertion that ‘All individuals are equal regardless of color/ race’ summarizes his speech and is echoed by his calls for all mob crimes against all persons (whether black or white). Du Bois is also against brutal violence of the mob. He only supports violence or fighting for the basic human rights. He doesn’t support brutality and he is more into lenient treatment of the mob by the soldiers. His humanistic appreciation of the basic rights for all humanity authenticates his speech, putting it in line within the expectations of the society.
On his part, Booker T is biased in assessment of the black race. By focusing on the negatives of the society, he foregoes the appreciation of the good the black society is made of and the gives to the society. Such biasness projects the racist Booker T. is and thus is speech can be dismissed as totally partisan. Though eloquent, he struggles to make clear connection with the presupposed ills and the black community.
The superficial information offered by Booker T. portrays the wrong picture to the society and indeed fuels the evil of racism in the society. His partisan belief that only blacks do commit evils and ills is a recipe for chaos and his assertion that all criminals in the society is an implicature that all blacks should be eliminated from the society.