by Christian Watson
The Daily Bell
In the Black American intellectual tradition, liberty is a dream, an illusion crafted for and by the White man to maintain an oppressive system.
But there is another minority voice that forcefully rejects that cynicism and extols the opportunities for individual achievement in a free society.
This divide is neatly illustrated in the gulf between W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington.
W.E.B Dubois was a sociologist, historian, writer, and one of the founders of the NAACP. He is most well known for his cutting prose and advocating for civil rights activists to directly confront the injustices of their day.