During the times of Jim Crow and Black Codes, there were two well known African American writers that shared contrasting ideas about how black people should proceed in order to improve their social standing. They were Booker T Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Booker T’s idea was that black people should simply assimilate to the white world and eventually they would be seen as equals over time. I find this tactic to be naive and weak. Sure it may have worked over the course of a hundred years but that’s far too long for a portion of the population to suffer. DuBois’ approach was more thought out and strategic. He advocated the idea that if blacks pooled their resources to lift the most gusted tenth of them into places of power through education so that once in power they might help their fellow African Americans to succeed. I like this approach. It’s crafty and smart.