1925: An Argument Against Education and Intermarriage
The author of this article, written in 1925, much like the author of "A Criticism" (1918), has a strong stance against racial intermarriage. The author believed it would ultimately lower the “pure white race” to the “level of the lower [race]”. This author cites education for African Americans as a contributor to racial intermarriage, implying his or her opposition to the Black community’s access to education. During this era, African-American access to education was segregated, limited, and often at a lower quality than that available to their White counterparts. Government leaders, who controlled state funding, as well as the White community in general, believed that an educated Black community would challenge White supremacy, as this author implies in stating “the educated negro shows more pride in his race”.
The issue of racial separation--in marriage, in education, in society--remained a common theme through the decades, as seen in other Flat Hat articles.
"Beginnings of Black Education." Virginia Historical Society. Virginia Historical Society, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.