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DARK MUSINGS
DARK MUSINGS
Item IDegyptian 1944 0331 vol 25 #20.tif
TitleDARK MUSINGS
AuthorBy DOROTHY SYKES
DescriptionTreatment Of African Americans
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1944 March 31
Volume25
Issue20
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptDARK MUSINGS

By DOROTHY SYKES

How so many people can consider themselves Christian people who believe in and obey the Golden Rule is more than I can understand. Either they do not think about the meaning of the Rule, or they are not particular about the way they would be treated if they were in the largest minority group. Sometimes I wish that the comic strip that appears in the Chicago Defender, portraying treatment of whites and colored races, could actually come true. Then the people would know how it feels to be treated as Negroes are treated.
If any of the members of the majority group can truthfully say that he. would he satisfied with: his children receiving the same educational attention that he now pays to Negro grade and high school boys and girls, he is not very eager to receive the best education. Many American communities pay too little attention to Negro children's educational facilities yet the communities are only too eager to criticize and knock on a Negro when he fails to do the work exactly as it is expected of him or when he admits that he does not know how to perform the task. Instead of trying to help in at least one way to build Negroes up, the community discusses the matter with an "I told you so" point of view.
How many people can truthfully say that having their children to attend a high school or grade
like the one I am going to describe, would satisfy them completely?
This is the Booker Washington school. There are fourteen teachers on this faculty, including the
high school teachers, thirteen rooms and a very small gymnasium. Here the students get the best foundation the teachers can give them using the books that are
in the system which, incidentally, have been used by other schools and handed down to this particular
school. The library belonging to the high school contains approximately two hundred books. The grade school department has no library. The grade school boys do not have manual training or science clubs. They are taught to read, to write, and to work arithmetic problems.
When they enter high school, they have a choice from like this: English I. II, II. IV. World History. American History. Physics, Chemistry, Civics, Home Economics, and Physical Education, English, Physical Education mainly basketball, soft ball, and baseball, and Home Economics are the only subjects that are taught ever year in a course one step higher each year. The students take physical education and go home to take showers because the school doesn't have
shower rooms. The student graduates often having taken all the subjects and he is expected to be able to go up in the world with that knowledge.
If anyone can truthfully say that living in a community With a school system similar to the one described and attending it would be the type of school he desires for his children, if he can truthfully say that he is showing the interest in that school and advancement of the children attending it that he would want shown to his children, then all I have to say is send your children to the Negro grade and high schools in
your community and prove by doing so that you believe in the Golden Rule when it is applied to education.
LanguageEnglish
TypeText
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