How do you think the Jim Crow Era he was living in impacted his ideas?
Under the Jim Crow structure, “whites only” and “colored” symbols multiplied across the South at water cascades, lavatories, bus stages, movie theaters, public schools, and swimming pools. African Americans who risked to challenge isolation experienced arrest or fierce retaliation. Thus, it is evident that the Jim Crow Era that Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) lived impacted his philosophies. For instance, he argues that “in all virtuously social things we can separate them as the finger, yet one as the hand in all things indispensable to shared development.
His popularity allowed him to counterbalance condemnation by fraudulent means such as corrupting newspapers to report fabricated and unappealing accounts of his opponents. Due to his image as an arbitrator, Washington rarely could openly disapprove of inequality.