Dubois/Washington Comic Strip

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  • Have you heard about this "Talented Tenth"?
  • A short time after the turn of the 20th century
  • Yes, sir, I have! And it's about time that we oppose the Atlanta Compromise.
  • About time? Compromise? That agreement is the only thing protecting black economics and education. Social separation is a fair trade for economic stability and growth. Our businesses are how we'll build ourselves up. Not the government.
  • But if we have no rights past owning businesses and property, the Atlanta Compromise isn't truly protecting them.  What is to stop whites from sabotaging our businesses? Nothing protects us from discrimination, but we can change that through the laws.
  • He's young, still much to learn.
  • The laws don't protect us when those who enforce them are complicit. No, our best protection from discrimination is segregation.  If the black community is self-sufficient, we can minimize how much discrimination we have to deal with.  Tell me son, were you born a free man?
  • Yes, sir, I was.
  • Then take it from a man who was born a slave. Too many whites want us separated from their world. If we choose to integrate and push for lawful equality, they won't hesitate to push back. And it will get bloody. I can show you scars to prove it.
  • I don't deny that there is hate from the whites, but I think you are wrong to assume that there is too much to fight. 
  • I've been a part of integrated institutions, and there are white men and women that wish to see equality. I know it won't be easy, but we can never hope to see true equality without integration. We have to fight for our rights! It will be hard, but won't freedom be worth it?
  • What you say rings true, but it's our lives you are gambling with. 
  • You're right, but if future generations of African-Americans can have more rights, it will be worth it the risk.
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