Analysis Of The Poem ' Souls Of Black Folk ' Essay

936 Words Oct 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Unwanted community interaction

W.E.B DuBois’ “Souls of black folk” illustrates the African-American struggle to be engaged citizens while facing the challenges of the time they were living in. DuBois wrote this in 1903 when integration was happening all around which lead to segregation and more racial tensions. This caused the african-american population to adapt to a new way of life, pretending to be one way while really being another. As for today much of this racial tension has dissipated, and the african-american people have more of a say in their communities. While we have come a long way there is still a long ways to go and much of DuBois’ writing is relevant to this day. In this time period colored folk were essentially at the bottom of the food chain, so to speak. White people had all the power and the majority of them didn’t care for african-american population. Viewing them as subhuman leaving them thinking and feeling that “Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,-a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.” (DuBois). African-american people then had to conform and change themselves to fit in and if they couldn’t they had to live in constant fear of being lynched. They were working hard to be accepted as part of the community and to have a say, “He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both…

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