THE MISEDUCATION OF THE BLACK CHILD: The Hare Plan to Educate Every Black Man, Woman and Child
THE MISEDUCATION OF THE BLACK CHILD: The Hare Plan to Educate Every Black Man, Woman and Child By Nathan Hare and Julia Hare
When one thinks of public education in America and Black people, the usual themes start to emerge. The images of segregation, degradation, neglect and Brown versus Board quickly begin to frame the narrative in concrete terms for most people in this country. It is not commonly known that Africans in America are largely responsible for what we now know as Public Education
According to James Anderson: “Appropriately, it was Thomas Jefferson who first articulated the inseparable relationships between popular education and a free society. If a nation expected to be ignorant and free, he argued, it expected the impossible” (Anderson, 1988, introduction).
In 1863, the enslaved Africans were emancipated whereby they temporarily joined the ranks of the nation’s free citizens at the very moment that public educational systems were being developed into their modern form. From the 1860’s to the 1870’s African-Americans were allowed marginal entry into the American system. These moments were cut short by the federal government, extralegal organizations and white supremacist tactics. Black education attempted to exist in the midst of this political and economic oppression. During this time period African-Americans sought to develop an educational system that would strengthen their chances of securing a full and complete life as free people. This paper seeks to explore the realities of this profound imbalance. It is the backdrop of this reality that form and frame the modern day lives of many African people today. This paper will look at the uneven system of education fostered in America.