in his article on sinclair skinner (“brotherly Love,” 8/11), Ryan Grim mentioned Skinner’s admiration for Booker T. Washington without discussing the fact that Washington was a founder of the Tuskegee Institute, where, as the article does discuss, Skinner attended college. Also, one of the reasons Washington is historically viewed as conciliatory to whites is that his contemporary was W.E.B. DuBois, one of the founders of today’s NAACP.
DuBois advocated a more forceful approach to civil rights than Washington, which, as we know today, was required to generate substantial progress in U.S. race relations. The article could have used some of this context, or maybe it was left out due to space.
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