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Published on October 24th, 2011 | by Gary DeMar


Booker T. Washington on Black Victimhood

Black racists are coming out of the woodwork. It’s hard to imagine how vile and bigoted they are in their attacks on Herman Cain. Such treatment has a long history. Today, it’s an industry.

A number of black “leaders” (e.g., Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) have made their living by promoting black victimhood and white guilt. Jesse Jackson has been shaking down corporations with the scam for decades.  Booker T. Washington (1865–1915) warned of such people within the black community in his 1911 book My Larger Education. He described them as “problem profiteers”:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” (p. 118)

Washington could have had in view, although writing nearly a hundred years ago, black people who are railing against Herman Cain and other blacks who have not succumbed to plantation living. Cain doesn’t present himself as a victim, and this disturbs people like Al Sharpton. Cain lived at a time when there were “colored” water fountains, segregated schools and neighborhoods, and racial discrimination that few people today can imagine. If anyone has a right to play the victim card, it’s Cain. He didn’t feel sorry for himself. He stayed out of trouble, worked hard, and made something of himself without the help of a cadre of “poverty pimps.” Cain is the antithesis of the Democrat Party and 90 percent of blacks who support it.

Washington continues with a story that encapsulates what is wrong with so many black “leaders” and their guilt-ridden white supporters. Those victimizing blacks are other blacks:

A story told me by a coloured man in South Carolina will illustrate how people sometimes get into situations where they do not like to part with their grievances. In a certain community there was a coloured doctor of the old school, who knew little about modern ideas of medicine, but who in some way had gained the confidence of the people and had made considerable money by his own peculiar methods of treatment. In this community there was an old lady who happened to be pretty well provided with this world’s goods and who thought that she had a cancer. For twenty years she had enjoyed the luxury of having this old doctor treat her for that cancer. As the old doctor became — thanks to the cancer and to other practice — pretty well-to-do, he decided to send one of his boys to a medical college. After graduating from the medical school, the young man returned home, and his father took a vacation. During this time the old lady who was afflicted with the “cancer” called in the young man, who treated her; within a few weeks the cancer (or what was supposed to be the cancer) disappeared, and the old lady declared herself well.

When the father of the boy returned and found the patient on her feet and perfectly well, he was outraged. He called the young man before him and said: “My son, I find that you have cured that cancer case of mine. Now, son, let me tell you something. I educated you on that cancer. I put you through high school, through college, and finally through the medical school on that cancer. And now you, with your new ideas of practicing medicine, have come here and cured that cancer. Let me tell you, son, you have started all wrong. How do you expect to make a living practicing medicine in that way?”

I am afraid that there is a certain class of race problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.

If the patient gets well, an entire industry of victimhood will get cancer and die. This would be the best thing for the black community. Until blacks throw off the shroud of victimhood, they will be at the mercy of “doctors” who treat a cancer that does not exist but that they are paying for.

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Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, His most recent book is Exposing the Real Last Days Scoffers. Gary lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and four grandchildren, Gary and Carol are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).

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    • Michael852 says:

      I am a firm believer that all men are created equal. However Mr Booker T. Washington could not be more correct. I have many news articles on the shake down on American and foreign companies and corporations in this country by the alleged black community leadership. To make it even worse “they” had the arrogance to even admit what they were doing to reporters when “they” were being interviewed.

  3. -whatthe xxxxxx says:

    yeah am going too keep this very simple for you bigots ,, ghettos of blacks and Hispanics,
    police brutality,lack of social mobility compared to lighter ethnics who are more subservient, after slavery do you really blame us for not being so?, low achievements of black men in schools compared to black girls
    victimisation by the police, stereotyping of race, lack of prospects of black males.
    media demonising of black males,deaths of black males in police custody compared too white counterparts,funding for black initiatives in black neighbourhoods being cut.Hardly any black role models in the media who doesn’t “entertain/ ie sportsman singers, actors. its all good as long as blacks are entertaining. the list goes on and on you want me too believe white supremacy disappeared. I agree best too break the cycle from the inside out. lets look how the blacks are doing compared too the jews who both went through drama not that long ago,, then tell me race has nothing to do with it ……..never mind the continual raping of Africa for resources/never mind the middle east …..it goes on and on take of those rose tinted glasses people .peace

  4. Frederic Boisseau says:

    Mr. Cain is not the first successful black man to be treated like this by the black leadership in this country. There was another man by the name Samuel B. Fuller (not of Fuller Brush), that was turned on by the civil rights leadership in this country and it was for the same reason. He also would not accept victim-hood as the controlling force in his life. Hear are some facts about his life, which you will not find in any book on African-American History.

    -He lost both of his parents by the age of 17
    -He did not have any education above a 6 grade level.
    -He was born into a share-cropper family
    -He got his start in business just before the Great Depression, with a 20 dollar car loan. He used that car loan to purchase some soap and sold it door to door.
    -Within a few years he purchased the company he purchased the soap from.
    -He supported black businesses in the Chicago area. In one case when a competitor of his factory burned down, he contacted the man and offered to let him use his factory in the evenings after his crew shutdown.
    -He was the head of NACCP chapter when the started up
    -He tried to convince Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders to purchase the Montgomery Bus company, because it was in trouble. They refused to do so.
    -After his views on victim-hood came out in a article, the NACCP organized a boycott of his products. The white supremacist joined them in that boycott because he was a successful black business man.
    -At the height of his success he owned several newspapers and theaters.
    -Some have credited his new papers on getting Jackie Robertson noticed by the Major Leagues, thus breaking that color barrier.

    Yet for all his success, his just about forgotten in history. You can read more about him here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_B._Fuller).

  5. Dina says:

    In the public school system blacks tend to score very low on achievement tests. Studies are beginning to show that blacks who are homeschooled test far above the average public school student regardless of their ethnicity. Attached is just one sample. The color of our skin does not make us more or less intelligent.


    • Ray says:

      Dina, I think you’re a little off topic right now. Who mentioned homeschool?

      • T. Foster says:

        Noone mentioned homeschool. However, I would say that it pertains to the topic at hand. Thanks to the race baiters our public school systems encourage and promote mediocrity and victimhood in the black community through thier very own children. Homeschooling provides the ability to teach personal responsibility , good character and good ethics not regularly found in public schools, especially for black students. Pretty much all of the early black leaders, Fredrick Douglas and others, were not taught in a public school setting. Fredrick Douglas got the begining of his education from the wife of his master until he found out and insisted she stop. He then continued to find creative ways to educate himself. ie: homeschooling.

      • aCultureWarrior says:

        Ray, you don’t understand the mentality of the so-called Christian that promotes homeschooling:

        “Would you want YOUR child around those secular negroes?”

  6. gray man says:

    I don’t want to sound hard or cold, but racism will always be around, so get over it.
    Stop whining and move on with your life. Life is hard and racism, hatred, lying, stealing, cheating, etc, etc, etc will always exist. By constantly using all those things as excuses to feel sorry for yourselves just limits your growth. Your job is to grow above that, so gird up your loins as the saying goes., and get on with life.

  7. BrendaL. says:

    The high schools are full of angry black kids who think the world owes them a living. It’s disheartening. I’d hoped having a black president would change things, but the changes aren’t noticeable.

    • Travis McCauley says:

      Brenda, unfortunately the “changes” are to noticeable NOT to see. Jeremiah Wright has been exalted and exonerated by the lame stream media and the race card has been the trump card through the miserable LONG years of this administration.
      All that said, I do understand what you mean and agree with you whole-heartedly!
      I have a many friends of ALL colors who came from very disheartening backgrounds and have overcome obstacles to credit them above their co-workers.

  8. ACS says:

    True enough. All human beings – whether black or white – are moral agents responsible for their actions and behaviors. We have to put an end to the grievance industry.

    However, while greatly diminished in its institutional forms, let’s not pretend that racism is dead. It may not be the limiter that it once was, but it remains alive and well. I’m white, but my wife and children are black. I don’t lack for examples about how the treatment I receive changes drastically when many people first encounter me and then later when they see who I’m with or the difference in treatment my family (especially my son) receives when they are alone and when I’m there. Until the second advent, the struggle against bigotry is still a battle we must face in ourselves and in our society.

    • aCultureWarrior says:

      Yes ACS, racism is alive and well in the US. We see it everyday through liberal policies that treat black Americans as second class citizens by giving them preferential treatment via hiring quotas and so-called “civil rights” legislation. Obviously the American liberal doesn’t think black Americans are smart enough to make it own their own (or could it be that they want to keep them “enslaved” through government handouts?).

      As far as individual racism goes: I knew a light complected black woman who dated a white guy. The term “high yeller b***ch” wasn’t used by white people to describe her when they were seen together, but by black folks.

      Christianity is the way to end racism ACS; I see it every Sunday in the multi racial church that I attend.

      • Joel says:

        ACultureWarrior has it exactly right. I see the same thing in the Bible-believing independent Baptist Church I attend.

    • BrendaL. says:

      ACS – I’m so sorry that racism is still alive and well. Your wife and children should never be treated differently based on their skin color. It’s atrocious that “Christians” are even guilty of this. I really do hurt for your son, especially, and wish all this wasn’t still out there. At least the laws have equalized things and opportunities are much better than was historically true. Examples of successful black men abound, thank God. Young people can look up to Judge Mathis, the Tuskegee Airmen, Powell, Cain, President Obama, etc. I just wish young black men could focus on the OPPORTUNITIES rather than throwing up their hands, declaring it’s hopeless, and hating everybody.

      On another note, I have to say that I’ve been subjected to racism by Blacks and at least once accused of it when I had a personal issue with a black woman. It seems to be an easy way to win an argument and I consider it underhanded. It’s insulting and indicates REVERSE stereotyping. Hate is everywhere and racism needs to be fought on both sides unfortunately. It really is a shame. God loves ALL people. We should all be evaluated based on character.

  9. Ray says:

    Far more deadly, and much smarter than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson is Melissa Harris-Perry who is a regular guest and frequent host at MSNBC. She is the daughter of a black father and a white mother, but considers herself black. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. She does more to keep the blacks as victims business alive than anyone, but she is extremely clever the way she goes about it.

    • Bill Trip says:

      Melissa Harris-Perry and Cornel West are intellectually dangerous and help prop up the victim mentality.

  10. Mary M. says:

    I once knew a young woman with skin as black as Cain’s. She wept copiously as she told me that she had been born into a family of light-skinned blacks and that her siblings taunted her unmercifully, calling her “Tar Baby.”

    • Disgusted says:

      I know that, if the whole world were one race, things would be no different than they are now. If everyone were the same color black, they’d still find something to be prejudiced about. If everyone were white, with blue eyes and blonde hair, it would be the same. They’d pick on the shade of blonde hair, or blue eyes.

      Prejudice doesn’t see individual human beings, real people with real feelings, hopes and dreams. Prejudice only sees things. If you make people into things, then you can do all manner of evil things to them and it doesn’t matter who you hurt. Slave owners called their slaves cattle, not human. That way, they didn’t have to feel badly at how they treated the slaves because they weren’t human. I imagine it’s the same way with the slave owners today all over the world.

      Prejudice is an evil, knee-jerk reaction to someone, or something different from you and stems from fear and insecurity that the different person/thing will hurt you and you’d better get them before they get you.

      If we refuse to continue the circle of hatred, it helps things to be better.

      If a black man hurts a white man, does the white man think all black people want to hurt him? Or does he recognize that it was that particular black man who hurt him?

      Good is where you find it and so is evil. No one race of people are all good, or all bad. Races are made up of individual people who each has his own mind and thoughts and feelings.

      I think Booker T. Washington was a wonderful person and so wise. He was also a loving person, but nobody’s fool. He knew you can’t keep a good person down. He was right.

      The white people telling others that black people are not worthy are lying. Black people who tell other black people that whitey is out to get them are lying. They have a vested interest in keeping those lies going.

      Don’t fall for any of it.

  11. aCultureWarrior says:

    We should be celebrating “Booker T. Washington Day” instead of “Martin Luther (The) King Jr. Day.” (“The King”, compliments of Eddie Murphy’s movie “Coming to America”).

    Washington and communist/NAACP founder W.E. B. Dubois debated on racial accommodation and gradualism; unfortunately for the American negro and America as a whole, the communist “won”.

  12. SLIMJIM says:

    Powerful…this article has moved me to want to read the whole book!

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