The Souls Of Black Folk W. E. B. Dubois Analysis

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In “The Souls of Black Folk”, W.E.B. Du Bois talks about racial inequality and that the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line. For Du Bois the color line requires a multidimensional analysis which identifies and seeks to understand the intersection of race and class as both modes of domination and modes of resistance on the national and international level. Setting out to show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century, Du Bois explains the meaning of the emancipation, and its effect. I agree with Du Bois’s standpoint on the color line. I feel like there has always been a color line where whites are above the color line and people of color are below it. Blacks have been forced to be double conscious of their color while wearing a veil and being discriminated…show more content…
E. B. DuBois talks about how the “veil” that African Americans have been forced to wear has played its part in keeping them under the color line. The veil suggests to the literal darker skin of Blacks, which is a physical demarcation of difference from whiteness, white people’s lack of clarity to see Blacks as “true” Americans, and the veil refers to Blacks’ lack of clarity to see themselves outside of what white America describes and prescribes for them. This veil is worn by all African-Americans because their view of the world and its potential economic, political, and social opportunities are so vastly different from those of white people. The veil is a visual manifestation of the color line, a problem Du Bois worked his whole life to remedy. Du Bois investigates the influence that segregation and discrimination have had on black people. He argues that many of the negative stereotypes of blacks as lazy, violent, and simple-minded are results of the treatment from white people. Blacks have always had to face barriers and obstacles in life to reach success, while the pathway to success for whites is without obstacles due to white
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