Yeah I noticed that this quote is a favorite of a lot of right wing web site who like you just throw it out without any understanding of the context or history attached to it."There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."
~Booker T. Washington
In the period following the Civil War there were divisions among black leaders on how best to advance the rights of blacks. Booker T Washington's ideas were more on the line of "go along to get along" as opposed to WEB Dubois who advocated a more active and confrontational strategy. Washington was the architect of the Atlanta Compromise, an unwritten deal he struck in 1895 with Southern white leaders who had taken over government after the failure of Reconstruction. The agreement provided that Southern blacks would submit to discrimination, segregation, lack of voting rights, and non-unionized employment; that Southern whites would permit blacks to receive a basic education, some economic opportunities, and justice within the legal system; and that Northern whites would invest in Southern enterprises and fund black educational charities. Du Bois felt that African Americans should fight for equal rights, rather than passively submit to the segregation and discrimination of Washington's Atlanta Compromise.
They also differed in their approach to education with Washington of the opinion that black education should be limited to the industrial arts and agriculture while Du Bois felt that black schools should also offer a liberal arts curriculum (including the classics, arts, and humanities), because liberal arts were required to develop a leadership elite. Booker T Washington also didn't want to alienate his wealthy patrons like Andrew Carnegie who basically liked his accomodationist philosophy which relegated blacks to second class status.