Souls Of Black Folk Analysis

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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
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They lived in fear everyday of what the white man would do to them if they dared to speak up for what they believed in. Changing the way they lived day to day life to appease the white people and their views on colored people as a whole. Even today some white people have issue with african-american people interacting and participating in national issues. No matter what is placed in their way of being an engaged citizen they have shown great power in overcoming it. Proving that skin tone has nothing to do with a person 's ability to care about their community and its issues and take part in all discussions concerning them. Being and engaged citizen is a right every person should have and DuBois proves this with “Souls of black

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