Mis Education of the Negro Essay
Long before the Civil War the mis-education of Negroes began.
Missionaries were sent south to teach freed slaves and schools began to
form. Rather than help the Negroes develop they instead set out to
transform them into what they wanted them to be, allowing them to learn
what they wanted them to learn. Freed men who considered themselves
well educated taught other freed men, but had no curriculum other than
that made by whites for whites educating Negroes away from there
history. Negroes were left out of all educational curriculum except to
condemn them or portray them as savages. Whites were tough to hate
Negroes and Negroes were taught to feel inferior to whites. Negroes
were not allowed there rightful place in Science not telling students that
ancient Africans knew sufficient science. Not telling them about how
they made poisons for there arrow heads and mixed colors to create
They left out Negro inventors altogether often claming there inventions
as there own. Negroes were never taught about what they brought over
from Africa, there ideas or there influences. Nothing was taught about
African language and in literature the Africans were never mentioned.
Negro doctors were taught that they were carriers of germs such as
syphilis and tuberculosis which began as a white man diseases, but
because they had not developed a immunity to theses diseases yet in
became wide spread among the Negro community .
Negro lawyers were taught that they belonged to the most criminal
element in the country. The Supreme Court permitted the judicial
nullification of the 14th and 15th amendment. In history the Negro was
portrayed as having no thought and nothing to contribute. Nothing was
ever taught about how they were the first to domesticate sheep, cows and
goats or how they were the first to introduce trial by jury. Negroes have
been taught theses things for so long that they have become lost in the
bias views of the white society, still teaching and learning what the
white man wants us to know.