Essay about Analysis Of The Poem ' Souls Of Black Folks ' By. B. Du Bois

1381 Words Jun 13th, 2016 6 Pages
W.E. B Du Bois was an iconic essayist and sociologist of black descent. His most notable work being those he wrote about black lives in his ‘souls of black folks’ essay collection. In this critical analysis of the lives of the Negros in America, he touches upon many themes of the 20th century in relation to the colour line problem. Some of the major themes that he analyzes include, the veil, double consciousness and hope of preserving black lives heritage.
Being of African descent I can attest that most of the themes that Du Bois talks about in his book are still present, even though not as prevalent as they were in the 20th century. There are still cases of police brutality that are racially aggravated. This in no way means that all police participate in this actions, my point is that the system has over the years been made to criminalize the black people. In this book, he introduces the veil concept by saying "The exchange was merry, till one girl, a tall newcomer, refused my card, -refused it peremptorily, with a glance. Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil," (pg. 8). This describes the distress of being born with a veil between the black lives and the white lives.
His effort in writing this essays is to try and lift the veil and shed some light upon the experience of…

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