“It was never originally intended to make all the people equal…” (Marcus Garvey)

Marcus Garvey rond 1930

The present system of education is calculated to sub­jugate the majority and elevate the minority. The system was devised and has been promulgated by agents of the minority. This system was carefully thought out by those who desire to control others for their benefit and to the disadvantage of the others; to the extent that the others would not immediately rise into happiness and enjoyment of life simultaneously and equally with them. It was never originally intended to make all the people equal at the same time. Even more so, was it not intended to ele­vate the darker races to the immediate standard of the white races. The minority sprung from the white race to establish the system of education. Therefore, all textbooks and general literature are colored to suit the particular interest of those who established the system of education, and the group they represent as against the interest of others whom they did not want to immediately elevate to their standard.

There is always a limited process in the education of other races by the race that originates the system of edu­cation. As for instance, if a Negro attends a university with other students of the race that originated or projects the educational system, while the Negro would have the privilege of the classroom for general instructions to learn commonly, he may not have the privilege of his fellow students of the other race, who may be admitted to cer­ tain club fraternities within the university from which he would be debarred. Such fraternities generally enjoy the privilege of special instructions and special discussions which convey a wider range of enlightenment on the sub­jects taught than would be possible to the Negro, hence, when he graduates even from the same textbooks his tech­nical knowledge is not as wide as that of others who have had fuller explanation in the technical interpretation of the particular textbooks and at the same time is only trained to reflect the system that props the intentions of the creators of the system, so that at his best, he who is making use of his education, is a slave to a system that was not intended for him, but to which he renders serv­ice.

Therefore, it is necessary for the Negro to be addi­tionally educated or re-educated after he has imbibed the present system of education. The best way to do this is to educate him racially in the home, meeting hall or his own club, where he will be put under the closest scrutiny and analysis of what appears to be education, as coming from other people, because their system of education may not completely fit into the Negro’s ideas of his own preserva­tion.

Aldus Marcus Garvey in “Message to the people” (1986), geschreven in 1937.