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The focus of this paper will be to evaluate the alternatives offered by the five spokespersons and choose the best alternative: Ida Wells, Booker T. Washington, Henry Turner, W.E.B DuBois, and Frances Harper.
Ida B. Wells in the United States Atrocities emphasized the importance of African Americans in the Southern economy. She stated that “the white man’s dollar is his god” to show just how much their labour was valued in the south such that absence of it could lead to crippling of the economy. This is the advantage the blacks had and could use it to their advantage by withdrawing their labour from white farms and businesses. This could lead to stagnation of the economy just like it happened in Memphis when thousands left the city. Blacks could also boycott duties to force negotiate their freedom like Kentucky workers boycotted railroads to force negotiation of segregation laws. She also advised blacks to keep and use Winchester rifles to demand their rights since cringing and begging for their rights would only lead to being more insulted and lynched. She also advocated public sentiment to demand action due to laxity of laws in punishing offenders. Those who were silent on discrimination issues were “accomplices, accessories and equally guilty” of discrimination.
Booker T. Washington in the Atlanta Exposition Address in 1895 argued for peaceful coexistence between the whites and blacks for peace and industrial prosperity. For him, the Negro race which comprised one-third of population was not to be ignored but recognized and given opportunity to enjoy full rights as whites. Mutual progress was vital so each race should “cast down their buckets” and appreciate and assist each other such that one race does not pull the others down. He accused blacks for being ignorant for starting from top to bottom. He argued that labour should be dignified and glorified for prosperity hence
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