This week’s essay topic is “was Booker T. Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program?” I am going to assume that the ‘program’ is referring to Washington’s school in Tuskegee. To answer this question, no, I do not think that Washington’s program was elitist.
Elitist means a society where a person, or a group of people, are superior to others in the society.
I think it is safe to say that this was not Washington’s intention. As a black man who had seen slavery in the early years of his life, I doubt he would want to do that to the whites. He did not want the blacks to be ‘higher’ than the whites, he only want equality.
I do not think that at any point in time Washington’s program made it seem like he was trying to make blacks superior to the whites. He only wanted equality between the two races, not superiority.