They would know their place, “where they are” to borrow from Washington’s often used phrase and not strive for political or social equality.
This platform stands in contrast to Du Bois’ perspective towards the relationship between Blacks and Whites.
Washington, born a slave, educated, and head of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama offered an opinion differing from many abolitionists (673).
In his address, he posits the failure of Reconstruction stemming from Blacks seeking and being given political power when they possessed neither an education nor any political experience to effectively hold office (Washington goes on to communicate a nautical story with the moral being the phrase, “Cast down your bucket where you are” (qtd.
Washington, who advocated vocational training as the most effective route to a gradual improvement in the lot of the average black American.