Here's how this should look.
Start with the introduction. Your introduction is there, but it needs to say
explicitly that who you think is right, so since you seem to agree with DuBois, the intro needs a sentence where you say DuBois is right because... In Discussion Board Two, you'll want to make a specific point about the relationship between the Coasters songs and the time period. The intro always has to state exactly what you will prove n the body.
The body needs to work as follows. Start with a paragraph on the historical time period - what was happening when Washington made his argument. This paragraph should cover Reconstruction and how the end meant the end of the government protecting the civil rights won after the Civil War. We have to know what Washington and DuBois are responding to before we consider what they said. This is what you want as context - not vague references to stuff you read, but the specific history as covered in the intro and Reconstruction unit readings. Cite the readings in this paragraph. For Discussion Board Two, your first body paragraph should be about what was happening in the 1950s as covered in the readings/videos in that unit.
Then have paragraphs covering Washington and DuBois. The quotes should appear in these paragraphs, and you have to really explain what the words in each quote mean. You might quote Washington saying segregation is like the fingers on a hand, separate but equal. Then you have to explain how that image words - why a hand? why fingers? You might say this shows how the two races are connected and have to work together in performing their own tasks, yet they remain separate even as they are part of a larger whole... like the way fingers work on their own yet together as they are connected to the same hand. Make sense? The quotes have to be integrated into your argument, and you have to explain them. Do not list them separately. You'll do the same thing with the lyrics to the Coasters songs on Discussion Board Two. Make sense? If not, let me know.
The body should end with you saying DuBois is right since that is the point you are proving.
Your conclusion is great because you say why this matters today.
Essay need corrections
DuBois believed in standing up and taking action/initiative while Washington believed in laying low and submitting to whites in return for education. Dubois also "believed that blacks needed a classical education to be able to reach their full potential, rather than the industrial education promoted by the Atlanta compromise, endorsed by Booker T. Washington and some white philanthropists.
However, what I have learned in past stories and history books, slavery and discrimination have always been harsher in the south than in the north. Stricter slave laws, harsher punishments, and careless violent acts towards blacks struck fear into Africans and African Americans in the south. Some of this fear is seen in how Booker T. Washington chooses to handle the race issue in America as he is from the south himself. Unlike Washington, W.E.B Dubois chooses to handle the race issue with more of an assertive style of protesting. As Dubois was raised in the north, fears concerning resistance and uprising were not as strong as Washington's. At the turn of the twentieth century, Dubois represented the best strategy for change, educational progress and race relations because he believes in taking initiative and creating the change he wanted to see instead of waiting for that change to come, and he set an example for others to aid in the fight and stand up for their rights. I agree that Blacks should focus a lot on education, as Washington states, but I also think action needs to be taken as well, as DuBois states.
In my opinion, according to the argument of whether to submit or stand up in order to progress as a Black community is still up for debate. Although a great number of protests and organizations in favor of Black empowerment have been at its peak recently, there is still a feeling of fear that mutes Blacks. A vast amount of people have been killed for protesting and standing up for their rights. Police brutality has been at a high. Some people think that Blacks should just lay low and educate themselves and as many others as possible until change comes, but others think standing up for their rights is the only way.
"But aside from this, there is among educated and thoughtful colored men in all parts of the land a feeling of deep regret, sorrow, and apprehension at the wide currency and ascendancy which some of Mr. Washington's theories have gained."
"But when to earth and brute is added an environment of men and ideas, then the attitude of the imprisoned group may take three main forms, — a feeling of revolt and revenge; an attempt to adjust all thought and action to the will of the greater group; or, finally, a determined effort at self-realization and self-development despite environing opinion."
"These movements are not, to be sure, direct results of Mr. Washington's teachings; but his propaganda has, without a shadow of doubt, helped their speedier accomplishment. The question then comes: Is it possible, and probable, that nine millions of men can make effective progress in economic lines if they are deprived of political rights, made a servile caste, and allowed only the most meagre chance for developing their exceptional men? If history and reason give any distinct answer to these questions, it is an emphatic No. And Mr. Washington thus faces the triple paradox of his career:"
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